"Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home" is an absorbing, at times heartbreaking look at several former and current denizens of downtown L.A.'s Skid Row, a 50-block area that one observer here respectfully calls "an open asylum for the mentally ill." As the documentary's director Thomas Napper makes clear, the neighborhood is that and so much more.
True, it's a community wracked by the forces of gentrification, drug addiction, crime and, some contend, an overly assertive police presence. But the movie, inspired by Napper's experience as second unit director on 2009's Skid Row-set "
The "stars" of the film, which is narrated by actress
These folks, who were also extras in "The Soloist," largely discuss their tough pasts and thorny presents with haunting candor, strength and grace — words that also apply to this vivid cinematic portrait.