A death in Oklahoma sets in motion events leading to something great: so says a Muscogee-speaking narrator when Cufe Smallhill, a registered Seminole who's part Creek, discovers his father's body one morning. Per dad's wishes, Cufe sinks the body in a pond. After a closed-casket funeral - Cufe's cousin loads a donated coffin with weights and a watermelon - Cufe goes to Tulsa to spend time with his sister, Miri. He meets Miri's neighbor, Francie. They talk and listen, and things seem to open up for Cufe. Miri has her problems, though, including an estrangement from her mother, Cora. Miri drinks too much, sleeps around, and steals from her boss. How can anything great come of this? Written by
See life for what it gives you.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for language and some sexuality
Did You Know?
People come around in circles. Never ending circles, but you're never that far away from home. You always come back. My Grandmother used to always tease me about her stories. She'd say, 'You better learn how to exaggerate and tell stories. How do you expect your children to learn anything?' I don't know if I taught Cufe and Miri much. People all of my life have said, 'You never talk. I just like listening I guess.'