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The Teller and the Truth (2015)

The story of the disappearance of Francis, a beautiful young bank teller missing since her car was found submerged in a river in 1974. She has become the subject of myth and legend, and the town and townspeople have never been the same.

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Leilani Galvan ...
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Oliver Pearce
Helena Stoddard ...
Bianca Pearce
Diane Perella ...
Narrator
Carl Westergren ...
Paul A. McQueen
Harold McMillan ...
Haze Michael (as Harold McMillian)
Michael Glasscock ...
Tobin
Keith Sloan ...
Willie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anastasia Andres ...
Elder Francis
Olivia Bell ...
Young Francis
Jason Borkowski ...
Roddy Wetherbee
Augustin Boyer ...
Alexandre Deschanel
Randall Crow ...
Fireman
David Herrington ...
Mr. Gazley
Queon Hughes ...
Young Willie
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For every missing person, there's a story. Within every story, lies the truth. The Teller and the Truth is the story of Francis Wetherbee, a beautiful, young bank teller who disappeared in 1974 after her car was found submerged in a river. Filmmaker Andrew Shapter (Before the Music Dies, Happiness Is) follows the forty-year-old cold case that sparked the imagination of her hometown of Smithville, Texas, and beyond. Did she drown? Commit suicide? Was she kidnapped? Or is there another answer? Shapter combines a documentary style with a classic narrative interpretation in order to separate myth from truth about Francis. Various theories and conjectures are weighed against the "facts" as they are revealed in old photographs, authentic footage from home movies, and actual Vietnam-era rare (and never before seen) historical footage. As new evidence is discovered, the film transforms into a narrative, as her words-which reveal the truth--come to life. A small-town mystery now becomes a ... Written by Patty Moynahan

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For every missing person, there's a story. Within every story, lies the truth


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Glorifying Antisocial Act
29 March 2016 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

Nicely composed score and beautifully filmed quasi documentary that basically glorifies an antisocial protagonist -Oliver who loved his dog the way Tony Soprano loved children and geese- and a histrionic partner who might have been a victim herself. The narrative does not express any remorse for people who suffered from this couple actions simply because they were conservative and short minded folks from a small town in Texas. This narrative is single minded, too romanticized, and somehow ignorant. I could not believe that we had to watch 40 minutes of this soap opera to realize the. director's fantasies of creating a hallow version of Bonny and Clyde.

As the other reviewer mentioned, the film narrative is a mess and montage is a disaster. I liked the music and cinematography, so 4 stars for that.


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