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At the Foot of a Tree (2009)

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In a small English town, a father comes home beaten and bleeding. His wife cries in despair - as this is not the first time. Alfie, their eleven-year-old son, decides to seek revenge. Upon doing so, he does his best to avoid the consequences that circle him.

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Ricky Shane Reid
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Vicky Blades ... Mum (as Anna Blades)
Nicola Borthwick Nicola Borthwick ... Aunt Karen
Kelly Jo Reid Kelly Jo Reid ... Lilly Aubrey
Reece Reid Reece Reid ... Alfie Aubrey
Neil Summerville ... Uncle Joe
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In a small English town, a father comes home beaten and bleeding. His wife cries in despair - as this is not the first time. Alfie, their eleven-year-old son, decides to seek revenge. Upon doing so, he does his best to avoid the consequences that circle him.

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Peace may come. Peace may go. Love, however, is FOREVER!

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colchester, Essex, England, UK

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Mysterious Tea See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Beautiful, brutal and truly original
6 October 2009 | by anonymous_104See all my reviews

In Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain, an 11-year-old boy seeks heartfelt and poetic revenge for the beating of his father.

Debut filmmaker Ricky Shane Reid was born and raised in Colchester, where he had always wondered why this historic town had never been used as a movie setting. Now employed as a schoolteacher in the Bronx, Ricky conceived At The Foot Of A Tree with producer partner Kelly Jo Reid.

The film was shot in a hectic two weeks with a four-man crew. The superb Director of Photography Richard J. Wood has crafted a film of outstanding visual beauty that belies the shoestring budget. The sound recording by Grant Bridgeman is also notable for its clarity and subtlety.

The story takes on elements of clan warfare from the historic era when Colchester was founded. Alfie, an 11-year-old boy, exacts bloody revenge on his own relatives for badly beating his father. When Alfie's family discover the awful truth, they hatch a plan to conceal him – a plan that Alfie disregards as he comes to face the consequences of his horrible deed.

The film is a complex and emotive character study of a family in meltdown, in particular of Alfie – played brilliantly by the director's own brother, Reece Reid. Another highlight of this unique debut is the music, and NYC-based Doro Tachler of My Favourite Things contributes an outstanding score.


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