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Redwoods (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 24 June 2009 (USA)
An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

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Cast overview:
Matthew Montgomery ... Chase
Tad Coughenour ... Miles
Caleb Dorfman Caleb Dorfman ... Billy
Brendan Bradley ... Everett Forster
Simon Burzynski Simon Burzynski ... Shane
Clara Brighton Clara Brighton ... Anna
Laurie Burke ... Jessica
Elinor Bell Elinor Bell ... Tess Forster
Cole Panther ... Woodson Forster
Libby Zilber Libby Zilber ... DeeDee
Bill Gollihur Bill Gollihur ... Tourist
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An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

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Some loves stand the test of time

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Секвойи вечнозелены See more »

Filming Locations:

Guerneville, California, USA

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$115,000 (estimated)
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Funny Boy Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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I watched this movie on my Android phone while waiting on a plane. So, I'll give you it was likely not the most flattering environment. That being said, I have always enjoyed TLA movies and have come to expect a high quality product from them. Redwoods started out looking to be consistent with that expectation. However, not too far into the movie, I realized that this was going to be an exception as this was a gay setting of "The Horse Whisperer" Evidently, TLA has a requirement that includes showing some frontal male nudity (I don't mind), but in this flick, it seemed to be so show "D-word" for the sake of "D-word". Neither of the actors who showed all were that inspiring naked. The love scene between the two main characters was built up nicely and some gratuitous frontal nudity would have been perfect, but alas we weren't so treated.

There were a few scenes that left one wondering "WTF". An example was the father/son moment in the antique store. I can only assume that the scene's cliché dialogue was inspired by the antique store itself. Mercifully, however, the editors did spare us the moments of possible redundancy by cutting into scenes where other characters are being let in on the story. Through most of the movie, we were led to believe that Evrett was caught up in a bad relationship where he and his partner stayed together "for the children". By the end of the movie an amazing and unbelievable transformation seemed to occur.

I realize that these movies are low budget and in this case, the score (which was nice) featured solo piano and synthesized instrumental tracks that sounded like they were taped on a 1980's K-mart Casio keyboard. I think they could have put out money for a bit better quality of instrument, if not a real orchestra.

Lastly, the story (a gay version of "Horse Whisperer") was a nice love story. It was a bit slow, but held my attention and I honestly was interested to see how it all ended up. The ending was sweet and pleasantly unexpected. The only thing I would changed would be to invest in some footage showing the changing of seasons to help the audience understand that years were passing.

All in all, this was a nice movie and worth a watch.

Tony Carson


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