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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told ... See full summary »

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An epic, sweeping, violent love story set against the backdrop of 1930's dust-bowl Oklahoma.

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Claire Spencer
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Tom Spencer
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Les Hector
Woody Watson ...
Glen Briggs
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Ainsley DuPree
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Dorothy
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Jack Stillings
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R.J. Prichard
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Jim Nutter
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Willard Sprague
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Janice
Vernon Grote ...
Fast Food Customer
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Lee
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Mrs. Rogers
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We see two stories told over four time lines, which wind down to a devastating ground zero collision, as we watch a double tragedy unfold in a small Oklahoma town. The two stories are told out of normal time sequence, showing us brief glimpses of the beginning, middle and end of the two stories in seemingly random order. One story concerns Ainsley DuPree, who meets and marries her prison pen pal Jack. The other story begins with the discovery of a mute and bloody teenager, found wandering and in shock in the middle of the night, and the efforts of the town sheriff to determine what happened to him. As the film unfolds these tales, the viewer is confronted with questions of the existence and mercy of God and the hopelessness of being alone and adrift in an indifferent world. Written by Sean Parlaman <seanpar@efn.org>

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Sometimes a leap of faith can be deadly.

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Rated R for violence, language and depiction of abortion | See all certifications »
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Ainsley DuPree: How old are you?
Tom Spencer: Just turned 14.
Ainsley DuPree: Don't you never get pulled over?
Tom Spencer: Sometimes. I drive friendly.
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A fine nonlinear study of evil and the human heart.
19 May 2001 | by (Seattle, WA ~ USA) – See all my reviews

Jack is released from prison and meets up with Ainsley, a young woman he has been writing letters to for quite some time. Ainsley is a sweet romantic simpleton who doesn't even want to know about the crime that put him in prison. Jack believes that he has been reformed by the justice system and by religion, but he's also a control freak. For strange reasons lost in the mysteries of the human heart, these poor souls decide to start a relationship.

One can't give away too much of the plot without collapsing the nonlineary framework of the film and ruining its breathtaking effect. So suffice it to say that this recipe for disaster is tossed up in the air along with the biblical story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and with all the theological and ethical problems both of these stories present. Everything builds to a whirling climax of nonlinear convergence and small-scale horror. In the end the audience is brought face-to-face with that grand philosophical theme "the problem of evil," and we find no easy solutions.


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