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Jess + Moss (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 February 2012 (USA)
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A series of vignettes involving memories of companionship and sexual awakening shared by two second cousins.


Clay Jeter


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Cast overview:
Sarah Hagan ... Jess
Austin Vickers ... Moss
Haley Strode ... Jess's Mother
Haley Parker Haley Parker ... Haley
Donald R. Fleming ... Jess's Father (as Donald Fleming)
Cliff Coleman Cliff Coleman
Marie Coleman Marie Coleman ... Moss's Grandmother


Jess (18) and Moss (12) are second cousins who have spent their summers together since either of them can remember. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, all they have is each other. Through a series of memories and vignettes, 'Jess + Moss' recounts the events of the last summer they shared together. Shot entirely on location with a variety of expired and often degraded film stocks, 'Jess + Moss' captures the evocative and haunting character of the dark fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Written by Anonymous

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17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Shot in Western Kentucky, on director Clay Jeter's family farm. See more »

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The characters' names are not presented in the end credits, only the castmembers' names. Five members of the Coleman family are credited in the latter portion of cast roster: Cliff, Marie, Billy, Wildie and Scottie. See more »


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Music by Salvatore Cardillo (uncredited) and lyrics by Riccardo Cordiferro (uncredited)
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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10 June 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Every now and then a one-of-a-kind film comes along which breaks the mould.

This is such a film. And frankly since I am adding this review several years after the release, I will confess I enjoyed the handful of reviews already left here on the IMDb because the writers clearly tried to impart the joy they felt while viewing. That too is rare.

My only quibble is with the earlier comment that this is "not" an experimental film.

That may be under-stating the obvious.

Up until Jess + Moss, in spite of my many reviews on the IMDb, I was not convinced it was even possible to create a film which is more visual montage (like a scrapbook) than linear narrative, and still have it connect with the viewer.

This film proves I was wrong. I remember years ago Hollywood took a Stephen King tale (with the typical King complex narrative) and struggled mightily to achieve the same light tone, the same joie de vivre, the same re-imagining of what it is like to be a child on the verge of adulthood.

Hollywood did succeed nicely. This film, however, aces it.

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