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Little Accidents (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 May 2016 (Brazil)
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In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.

Director:

Sara Colangelo

Writer:

Sara Colangelo
2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boyd Holbrook ... Amos Jenkins
Randy Springer ... John McAlister
Jacob Lofland ... Owen Briggs
Beau Wright Beau Wright ... James Briggs
Steven St. Gelais ... Bobby
Travis Tope ... JT Doyle
Grant Bauman Grant Bauman ... Justin
Jim Workman Jim Workman ... Male Reporter
Kimberly Shrewsbury Kimberly Shrewsbury ... Female Reporter
James DeForest Parker ... Basil Jenkins (as James Parker)
Mike Seely ... Carl
Chloë Sevigny ... Kendra Briggs
Alexia Rasmussen ... Nellie
Elizabeth Banks ... Diana Doyle
Jonathan Heffley Jonathan Heffley ... Kenny
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A recent coal mining accident has killed several miners and left the small town community scarred and traumatized. The wealthy mining executive responsible for the accident, Bill Doyle, wants to pretend that it never happened, referring to the mining families as "trailer trash". His wife Diana and son JT know better, though. Diana is drowning in guilt and feels socially awkward around the other rich snobs she used to be friends with. She copes with it by having an affair with Amos, the lone survivor of the mining accident who now walks with a limp and lives with his dying father. JT is worried that his father will go to prison, and takes out his anger on the mining families' children, especially Owen Briggs. Owen is a young boy who lost his father in the disaster. He lives with his bad-tempered aunt, his grieving mother, and his little brother James, who has Down's Syndrome. One day Owen is in the woods with James, and he gets into a fight with JT, accidentally going too far... Written by Gasmaskproductionsbooks

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The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2016 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Accidents - Totgeschwiegen See more »

Filming Locations:

Beckley, West Virginia, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed entirely in West Virginia See more »

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When Amos's father is taken away, Amos magically gets the use of his right arm again while he sits on the pavement. See more »

Quotes

Amos Jenkins: [getting dressed] I never been in a motel before.
Diane Doyle: We used to come to a place like this in high school. The seniors would rent the rooms, and we'd all file in with six packs.
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Version of Little Accidents (2010) See more »

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She's Wit Me
Performed by Marcus Latief Scott
Written by John Costello, David Hilker and Marcus Latief Scott
Courtesy of Fervor Records
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Coal mining disaster survivor struggles to find his way.
12 July 2014 | by MaryS-333See all my reviews

I wasn't planning to attend Little Accidents when it screened at the Seattle International Film Festival. With 450 films from which to choose, a film about a coal mining disaster sounded depressing. However, when I was sent a free pass from SIFF, I went anyway.

Not only was I was pleasantly surprised by Sara Colangelo's debut feature film, I was moved by it. Little Accidents is the type of film that stays with you long after the lights come up.

Although it is a coal mine disaster that sets the events of the film in motion, the action begins months after the accident, as Amos Jenkins (Boyd Holbrook) returns to his life in the small West Virginia town after convalescing from injuries that he sustained in the accident. He is the sole survivor.

Life is anything but normal as Amos finds himself torn between telling the truth about the cause of the accident, and keeping his mouth shut, which will dishonor his ten friends who died. If he testifies that management's cost-cutting decisions led to the disaster, the mine will be closed and his friends and family will be left without any way to feed their families.

Just as the town is beginning to deal with the loss of the miners, the son of one of the mine's managers (Josh Lucas) goes missing. Is it retaliation or a freak accident? Young Owen, played by Jacob Loftland (Mud), who is the son of a killed miner, has the answer, but he deals with his own struggle to reveal the truth.

The character-driven film follows the seemingly parallel story lines of Amos, Owen and Diane Doyle (Elizabeth Banks), the mother of the missing boy, but eventually the parallel lives begin to intertwine as they find themselves connected by fate.

The performances by everyone in this film, especially Holbrook and Loftland, are superb. A touching scene between Amos and Diane outside a convenience store nearly left me in tears.

Although I felt the relationship between Amos and Dianne could have been developed further, I was fully satisfied by the completion of the plot lines and left feeling blown away by the entire experience, which was enhanced by the attendance of the director, Colangelo.

Colangelo directed a 2010 short by the same name, which deals with issues of the working class. She wanted to set the expanded feature film in a mining community, after being moved by so many recent coal-mining accidents that she was unable to get off her mind.

One interesting piece of information that Colangelo provided was that the movie was shot in 24 days and entirely in film, in order to capture the grittiness of the subject matter. Kodak donated half of the film.

Little Accidents isn't so much a film about a coal mining disaster as it is a film about loss and how we choose to deal with the tragic events that occur in our lives. Of all the films I saw at SIFF this year, this is my favorite.

The film is set to be released in January 2015. Go see it!


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