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Child of God (2013)

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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.

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Sheriff Fate
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Deputy Cotton
Steve Hunter ...
Auctioneer
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John Greer
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Lady In White
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Victim #1
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Boyfriend of Victim #1
Jeremy Ambler ...
Boy With The Rifle
Ethan Cline ...
Aaron
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Ms. Walker
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Girly
Trevor Pillinger ...
Boyfriend of Girly
Ciera Danielle ...
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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 Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for disturbing aberrant sexual content, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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20 August 2014 (Australia)  »

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Child of God - Filho de Deus  »

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Opening Weekend:

$27,630 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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$37,949 (USA) (8 August 2014)
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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 »

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Lester seems to have and endless supply of bullets. See more »

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[repeated line]
Lester Ballard: Get off my fuckin property!
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Featured in Filmselskabet: Episode #4.1 (2013) See more »

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10 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based in the novel of the same name written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men, The Road). This is very dark film and certainly not for everyone, but I would recommend it to cinephiles based on the incredible, visceral performance by Haze. He is Lester Ballard. As despicable and vile as his behavior is, there is buried within him a human quality. He just wants what all humans desire – to be accepted and loved.

The film sticks very closely to the book, with only 2 scenes expanded from the original text. It is most definitely one of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen. The direction is fairly solid, the use of long takes and natural action is apparent, making everything on-screen seem genuine. All of the camera work is hand-held, which can be disorienting at times but it, in a way, adds to the aesthetic of the film. The music used is subtle yet appropriate. Overall, like I said , a very dark film with very strong subject matter, but it's well done.


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