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Sweet Virginia (2017)

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A former rodeo champ befriends a young man with a propensity for violence.

Director:

Jamie M. Dagg

Writers:

Paul China (as The China Brothers), Benjamin China (as The China Brothers)
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Jon Bernthal ... Sam Rossi
Christopher Abbott ... Elwood
Imogen Poots ... Lila Mccabe
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Bernadette Barrett
Odessa Young ... Maggie Russell
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Tom Barrett
Jonathan Tucker ... Mitchel Mccabe
Garry Chalk ... Lou Hopkins
Jared Abrahamson ... Paul Anderson
Gabrielle Rose ... Rose Miller
Mike Dopud ... Mr. Barnes
Darcy Laurie ... Marty Petrowne
Scott A. McGillivray ... Lawyer (as Scott McGillivray)
Therés Amee ... Prostitute
Victoria Bidewell ... Woman in Room 128
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Storyline

A former rodeo star, with a small time life, unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible for the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town. Every character from his loved ones to his business patrons, plays a part in the unravelling of this community. Our aged hero must face his relationships of past and present to come up against this unpredictable predator.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language, and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2017 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Doce Virginia See more »

Filming Locations:

Hope, British Columbia, Canada

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$10,456, 3 December 2017
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The China Brothers original spec script for Sweet Virginia was high on the Black List in 2012 - an annual list of the best screenplays in Hollywood yet to be produced. See more »

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Sour North.
1 December 2017 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Problem with small towns is everybody leaves 'em. Thus small town stories tend to be based on romanticized memories (be it good or bad) from the point of city slickers. And since most folks reside in giant metropolises, it becomes difficult to pronounce judgement on this evaporating way of life.

Sweet Virginia is one such film beast. It is both good and bad. A good film, about bad people, but chiefly it is about America.

Set in murky Alaska, but filled with soft, southern accented characters, it takes place in a tiny, forgotten place, where people struggle for money, hide their histories, wear baseball caps, drive pickups, move at a snail's pace, and settle their matters in a violent fashion.

At the centre of a nifty noire tangle is an uncomfortable buddy-buddy relationship between an aw-shucks former rodeo star trying unsuccessfully to live a low-key life as a motel owner, and a troubled, snaky hit man. Jon Bernthal is terrific as the reluctant good guy, who innocently befriends the dark stranger in town - a perfectly tense and edgy Christopher Abbott. We know this won't end well, but that is not the point. This is less about the resolution and more about the journey.

"Sweet Virginia" dares to peek under the covers of a sleepy place rampant with familiarity but teeming with excruciating loneliness. One that usually keeps it's secrets well buried. Usually.


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