A young man (Tom Everett Scott) is placed in the position of having to kill his drunken, abusive father (Denis O'Hare) to protect his younger brother (David Moscow). Realizing that the ... See full summary »
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A young man (Tom Everett Scott) is placed in the position of having to kill his drunken, abusive father (Denis O'Hare) to protect his younger brother (David Moscow). Realizing that the younger brother will get off easier, he admits to the crime and goes to jail. Meanwhile the older brother finds his family deep in debt and he is unable to pay enough from his job as a dishwasher and selling wood. Thus he sets off on a series of robberies of convenience stores in adjoining towns. Back home, he tells everyone that he has come into a mild inheritance. However, he is racked with guilt and has trouble with a budding relationship because of this dark secret. The film's focus is on his struggle to determine his correct path. Written by
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This is obviously a low budget film brought to the screen following its success as a theatrical production and it still seems to retain some of the elements of the theatre. I'm not sure if it's the actors, sets or plot. It's a good film though and rivets your attention. It uses some unusual techniques in movie making. First of all there is almost constant back-ground music ( compare the old silent movies ), several interrogation scenes are mimed ( no dialogue ) with a musical back-ground and there are numerous telephone calls between the brothers, the younger being in jail (we get only one end of the conversation and we are left to fill in the rest like a "missing words" competition). The plot has its tense moments. It's about violence within a family, patricide and the consequences when one brother takes the blame for another. The brothers have a secret they have sworn to keep and when their conscience intervenes we wonder how soon the truth will be revealed. The main characters spend a lot of time down by the lake peering at the water and looking for a resolution of their mounting problems. Again no dialogue of course, but the music takes over signifying their mental torment. Apparently, one way of getting anger and frustration out of the system is to chop wood. Never in my life have I seen so much wood chopped as in this film. I give this film a high rating not for its perfection but because of the sincere efforts of the principal actors, the clarity of the plot and the attempts to try out some new ideas in the production.
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