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Tom's Wife (2004)

Using a then proto-type lens that would later revolutionize digital video's ability to have a true filmic quality, Tom's Wife was a monumental achievement in micro-budget cinema. An ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Meredith May ... Annie
Shasta Lusk Shasta Lusk ... Twila
John Wannen Jr. ... Tom (as Kit Wannen)
Cameron Cash ... Jake
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brandi Allen Brandi Allen ... Lucy
Phillip Ayliffe Phillip Ayliffe ... The Reverend
David Blackwell ... Yule
Sam Bootz Sam Bootz ... Bobby
William Nelson Card William Nelson Card ... Baby Joe
Evaristo Castillo Evaristo Castillo ... Elmer (as Everisto Castillo)
Klaus Christian Klaus Christian ... Raggedy Man
Laurie Coker ... Mrs. Ritter
George Dreyfus George Dreyfus ... Wilbur
Brian Floyd Brian Floyd ... Jim
Don Grenier Don Grenier ... City Fella




Using a then proto-type lens that would later revolutionize digital video's ability to have a true filmic quality, Tom's Wife was a monumental achievement in micro-budget cinema. An authentically period drama shot on practical sets in Elgin, Texas, using meticulously selected antique props and costumes, carefully researched colloquial dialogue, and a cast of talented unknowns, Tom's Wife was called "a sincere and austere feature that vividly convey period flavor," by Variety Magazine. The filmmakers diligently crafted a quiet and honest Depression era story of a young woman trapped in an abusive marriage who finds grace in the friendship of her neighbor, and hope in the love of a traveling salesman. Garnering awards at festivals all over the world, Tom's Wife offers a glimpse into the scope of truly independent cinema and will be a joy to watch for anyone looking for a story with heart and dignity. Written by B. Allen

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Tom's wife
9 November 2006 | by migcoyulaSee all my reviews

Annie, an orphan, finds herself in a marriage of necessity and bears the child of a man she doesn't love. She feels trapped by her brutal, animalistic husband, who spends most of the weekdays out getting drunk or in whorehouses. When Annie gets her first taste of respect, love and tenderness from a traveling peddler, things start to complicate even more.

Winner of several awards (four of them at the Microcinema Fest 2004), Tom's Wife is most unusual for a microcinema production: This effective drama is set in 1932, in rural Texas. It's a simple, slowly-paced story that has captured successfully the mood of the period both in the images and the in performances. Annie (Meredith May) soon wins the audience with the fragile innocence concealed in her child-like face, beautifully photographed by Jessica Gallant. The compositions and the soft texture of the image successfully recreate the feel of a bygone time.

Some might argue that the film is slow. But it is a film about the little moments of these people's life: Slow and fascinating if you accept its naturalistic flow. A few elements, however, hamper the overall tone of the film, like the appearance of an almost farcical character towards the end. And Annie's build up to the violent conclusion could have been developed more effectively, and some plot points need tightening.

However, putting those minor flaws aside, Tom's Wife is a wonderful achievement, a solid period drama that deserves to be picked up by a movie cable channel.

Four Stars.

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14 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Elgin, Texas, USA


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$750,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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