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Midlothia (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 10 March 2007 (USA)
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Midlothia is a small, tight-knit town, where everyone knows everyone else's business. On Fred's last day in town, he and his closest friends uncover secrets that threaten the fabric of their friendship.

Director:

Bill Sebastian

Writers:

Bill Sebastian (screenplay), Steven Walters (play)
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Credited cast:
James Thomas Gilbert ... Duck
Jessica McClendon Jessica McClendon ... April
Eric Reeves Eric Reeves ... Bill
Bill Sebastian ... Fred
Randal Scott ... Ted
Bill Flynn ... Mr. Neeley
Tex Marshall Tex Marshall ... Neighbor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Espaillat ... Father
Christopher Holt ... Boy on bus
Jennifer Holt ... Girl on bus
Kevin Holt ... Little Boy on bus
Nicole Holt ... Mother on bus
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After a long night of wandering, Fred wakes up in the middle of nowhere, baked by the Texas sun. Stumbling home, he finds his friends Bill and Duck are none too happy that he missed his own going away party. But something mysterious happened the night before. Fred is ready to tackle his demons and stay in town-to face the mistakes of his life and make them right. Little does he know that his announced departure has created a maelstrom of unrest amongst his friends-a breeding ground for truth. Walking into a hornet's nest of revelations, the friends he thought he knew turn Fred's world upside down. In the wake of this extraordinary day, four life-long friends say the words they've never had the courage to say, and learn truths about themselves and each other that will change the nature of their relationships forever. "It's kind of like therapy, only with guns and booze." A story about finding truth and self-worth by any means necessary, an unusual love rectangle which takes viewers ... Written by Anonymous

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It's kind of like therapy, only with guns and booze.

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Drama

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Not Rated
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Midlothian, Texas, USA

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Intentional Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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An excellent film which flies under the radar.
7 April 2010 | by BSpielbauerSee all my reviews

Midlothia is a film based upon a play. It has a great deal to admire, and even to ponder and shout about, and very, very few flaws. The setting is achingly rural (set in the south, in Texas, far enough from the Dallas / Ft. Worth area to make any urban or suburban influence seem an impossibility).

The genre is a beautiful mix of drama and the comedic. The comedy is never forced, and yet still is genuinely funny, often laugh out-loud funny.

The story deals with four young friends who are all stuck in various states of stagnancy, just as they are stuck in Midlothian, Texas -- each for different reasons. When one of these four begins to move toward finally leaving town -- and then wavers in that decision, this becomes the catalyst for a plot which is wholly believable, and which also causes each of them to gradually reveal some awful buried secrets. The unraveling of those secrets will always engage the viewer, and at times will even thrill or frighten -- or threaten to explode into violence.

The film is low-budget, but that never seems to have a negative impact, mostly because it may have served to underscore the bleak poverty of the setting.

The flaws? Again, there are almost none. The largest may have been due to the source of the story. The film is based on a play, and as such it can tend to be a bit too "dialogue-driven." This can be fixed in adaptation to screenplay, of course, and more care at this stage might have avoided the occasional feeling that we are going to have to sit through four monologues, no matter what...

Ironically, though, the fact Midlothia was based on a play also caters to one of its greatest strengths. The fact that most of the real action takes place in one single setting (and oh, what a setting it is!) means that we begin to feel the same sense of claustrophobia and being trapped that all four of these beautiful characters certainly feel.

Kudos, to the director. Kudos to all four of the leads -- honesty in acting will always pay off. Kudos to the music. Kudos to whoever art-directed that house / cabin / double-wide. This is another of those indie feature films which is what REAL independent films are all about... film festival acceptance, some well-deserved awards, and sadly, a work which most will never have the opportunity to see at all, simply because it was made outside the system.

Track this one down, and see it.


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