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Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. That man, Franklin Page,... See full summary »

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Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. That man, Franklin Page, has long since moved on - to a wife, two children, and a reliable job in a reliably safe and quiet rural town. Upon arriving, Sherman seems at first a harmless if awkward shell of a man. But as he inserts himself further into the Pages' life, he reveals himself to be an angry, unstable individual prone to great jealousy and deep resentment. The stability Franklin worked so hard to establish is soon threatened, and the violence he believed he'd left behind in the war begins to re-emerge and cloud over both the household and the town itself. Written by Anonymous

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"Constantly intriguing modernist drama..."
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Canadian screenwriter and director Ryan Redford's feature film debut which he wrote, is based on a short story called "Veterans" by American-born author Rachel Ingalls. It premiered in the Canada First section at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, was screened at the 64th Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2011 and is a Canadian production which was shot on location in the township of Chisholm, the municipality of Powassan of and the city of North Bay in northeastern Ontario, Canada and produced by Canadian producers Paul Stephens and Eric Jordan. It tells the story about Franklin Page, a mill worker who lives in a house on the countryside with his wife Irene and their 4-year-old son Jacob and baby daughter nearby a small town named Clinebrook. It's been seven years since Franklin returned home from the war and he has put his past behind him, but one night he finds a man named Sherman Oliver standing on his door step. Sherman who remembers Franklin for saving his life after he had been shot in the head during the time they served in the same company, is warmly welcomed and invited to stay, but as he begins to settle in at their home it becomes evident that he is still plagued by the war. Franklin understands Sherman's affliction and feels sorry for him, but as his behavior changes Irene becomes unsettled by his presence and makes her husband reconsider his sense of responsibility for Sherman.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Canadian filmmaker Ryan Redford, this quietly paced and foreboding fictional tale draws an intimate portrayal of a war veteran and his family's sudden encounter with his alienated comrade whom he has not seen in many years. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by Spanish cinematographer Antonio Calvache, fine production design by production designer Oleg Savytski, editing by Canadian film editor Matthew Hannam and use of sound, this character-driven, dialog-driven and atmospheric independent film depicts a mysterious, empathic and internal study of character and contains an efficient score by Canadian film composer Benoît Charest.

This perceptible, dense and instantly involving psychological thriller about an individual's attitude and view of society and vice versa and a compassionate man who finds himself in a loyalty dilemma after welcoming a disillusioned war veteran into his home, touches on some significant themes and is impelled and reinforced by it's subtle character development, cogent narrative structure, multiple viewpoints, balanced underlying tension and the reverent acting performances by American actor Garret Dillahunt, Canadian actress Molly Parker and Canadian actor and producer Donal Logue. A constantly intriguing modernist drama that leaves quite an impression.


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