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The Woodsman (2004)
A thought provoking film
A very dark subject but what a refreshing change to see a film which raises a number of admittedly uncomfortable themes and provokes thought and discussion rather than relying on pyrotechnics and over-blown production. Kevin Bacon is immense as the tortured Walter wrestling with his own inner demons while Mos Def's scene stealing performance as the police officer who most directly confronts Walter with society's position on his crimes hints at great things to come from this actor.
However, this film is not just a two parter. All in all it has an excellent ensemble cast in a well-directed, quiet, introspective, film which steers away from the usual hysteria in portraying one man's struggles to become a 'normal' member of society.
If you see one film this year, see this.