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Hurt (2009)

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A recently widowed family is forced to move into their uncle's salvage yard, and soon after the arrival of a mysterious foster child, a family secret starts to threaten their lives.

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Helen Coltrane
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Set in Arizona, HURT follows the Coltrane family as they grapple with the untimely death of the father, Robert. Forced to abandon their privileged lifestyle, Helen Coltrane and her teenage children Conrad and Lenore are given shelter by her husband's reclusive brother Darryl in his ramshackle home in the desert. As the family reluctantly settles in, a fresh challenge is presented by the arrival of Sarah, a lovely yet troubled foster child whom Robert had pledged to take in. The family's grief turns to dread as a series of tragic, inexplicable incidents befall them. Written by Rita Hollingsworth

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Rated R for some violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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A truly international crew is behind 'Hurt': Producers Eduardo Levy and James Martin are from Brazil and Canada, respectively. Director Barbara Stepansky is from Poland, Cinematographer Ralph Kaechele from Germany, Editor Rita DaSilva from Portugal, and Line Producer Nikolette Orlandou from Greece. And the actress Sofia Vassilieva (Sarah) is a first generation American of a Russian origin. Also adding American flavor, are Co-Writer Alison Lea Bingeman and Production Designer Scott Enge. See more »

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When the mother finds the uncle's body hanging in the garage, a chair has been kicked down and is relatively close to the body. There is a closeup of the uncle's body and of the mother's face, and in the next wide shot, the chair is much further away from the body. See more »

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Conrad Coltrane: Cool junk yard.
Darryl Coltrane: It's an auto recycling unit.
Lenore Coltrane: It's a dump.
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Hurt doesn't cut it
8 January 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hurt is the classic story of a somewhat dysfunctional family taking in a new young member and from that point, things go wrong. Several movies have followed this basic formula but what makes Hurt slightly special is that director Barbara Stepansky wraps this film in drama and mystery. Just what is going on in this family, who is responsible for what?

Unfortunately, Stepansky's attempts to hold out on us are only frustrating, as the "revelations" that come later are not satisfying or surprising to us. As for the dramatic side of this story, I appreciated the attempt but the direction, writing and cast were poor enough that it was impossible to be emotionally involved in his mess.

I still applaud the attempt to mix a traditional horror/thriller Hollywood plot with an indie drama. Some of the shots were nice and the soundtrack (not the film score) was interesting and provided some mood. But in the end, this film is a mess.


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