A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.
A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, counselors, and the retired war colonel in charge.
James C. Burns,
10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves' brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.
17-year-old Eli has just moved with his family deep into the backwoods of Kentucky to work on the isolated farm of a local recluse. Inexplicably drawn into the strange forest that lies ... See full summary »
Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as "a child of God much like yourself perhaps." Ballard's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Written by
Actor Scott Haze moved to Sevierville, Tennessee to prepare for the dynamic and challenging role of Lester Ballard. Scott Haze lived in an isolated cabin in the woods, lost 50lbs and was reportedly sleeping in caves some nights. See more »
Lester seems to have and endless supply of bullets. See more »
"I'm going to give you exactly what they taught me," declares Lester to the stuffed animals he is pumping full of bullets. Pushed further and further away from society and all forms of social contact, it isn't long before Lester turns his deranged sites on human targets. The dark and brutal side of everyone is on display and no one has sympathy for anyone else in this adaptation of a harsh Cormac McCarthy novel. The film is riveting in its vicious way and Scott Haze successfully takes on the demented persona of Lester. Only one person obtains some sort of fiendish triumph in the end. It is the same with MacBeth who finds "tis better to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy." Seen at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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