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The Frontier (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 April 2014 (USA)
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An estranged son travels back home to confront his overbearing father to see if there is any relationship left between them.


Matt Rabinowitz


Carlos Colunga (co-writer), Matt Rabinowitz (co-writer)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Max Gail ... Sean
Coleman Kelly Coleman Kelly ... Tennessee
Anastassia Sendyk Anastassia Sendyk ... Nina
Katherine Cortez Katherine Cortez ... Susan
Oliver Seitz Oliver Seitz ... Peter


Sean, a retired literature professor and civic activist, writes a letter to his estranged son, Tennessee, a ranch hand. Tennessee is uncertain how to respond, but knowing he should see his aging father, he decides to go home. Tennessee arrives just as Nina, Sean's personal trainer fresh off a bad breakup, accepts Sean's offer to move in and help him write his memoirs. The tension between Sean and Tennessee is ever-present. As Sean and Nina work, Tennessee avoids his overbearing father with fix-up projects around the house. One evening after Nina has gone out, Sean and Tennessee find themselves alone in the house for the first time. Written by It's Terrific Pictures

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In an on-set interview, Max Gail said that he got involved in The Frontier at the request of family friend and Executive Producer Elliot Roberts (with whom he used to play basketball and tennis) and that his daughter, India, went to preschool with the film's co-writer and director, Matt Rabinowitz. See more »

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The Frontier
26 August 2014 | by eddiejemisonSee all my reviews

The Frontier is a lovely look at the last chapter of a thinking man's life and if he can achieve the one thing he's neglected to do: Earn his son's love.

The relationships are key to this film; there's a lot of emotional ground covered in The Frontier, and so it's good news that the performances are so strong. There's not a single character you don't come to care for by the film's end. Max Gail, Coleman Kelly and Anastassia Sendyk are all great.

The direction by Matt Rabinowitz is assured and confident. His style is refreshingly direct and he serves the film well by steadily tightening his film's focus on the faces and physical dynamics of its three main characters. In Rabinowitz's hands, the inner life of all three are slowly, but lovingly investigated and revealed.

The Frontier, in it's way, is a throwback to the more languid, thoughtful films of the Seventies but it's themes are timeless. What makes a person a success? What makes a person a person? And when, if ever, is it too late?

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