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Mahjong and the West (2014)

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When a girl returns to Wyoming to bury her mother, she reunites with her childhood friend, a hard-living rodeo princess, who forces her to confront a shared trauma from their past.

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Joseph Muszynski
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Credited cast:
Jannette Bloom ... Maddy Linden
Alyssa Carpenter Alyssa Carpenter ... Kate Bennett
Tom Guiry ... Stewart
Dominic Bogart ... Jack
Louanne Stephens ... Shirley
Jill Andre ... June
Jerod Meagher Jerod Meagher ... Andy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dana Byrne ... Mrs. Feng
Abby Gershuny ... Rodeo Singer
Savitri Lela Savitri Lela ... Cindy
Irene McMahon Irene McMahon ... Diane
Richard Ouyang ... Mr. Feng
Vanessa Rochelle ... Rachel
Charlene Schaefer Charlene Schaefer ... Realtor
George Joe Smith George Joe Smith ... Bruce
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When a girl returns to Wyoming to bury her mother, she reunites with her childhood friend, a hard-living rodeo princess, who forces her to confront a shared trauma from their past.

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Soundtracks

Take Me Home
Written by Celeigh Chapman and John Isaac Watters
Performed by COYOL
Published by BIG VOICE little body (BMI) & DE EFE (BMI)
Courtesy of COYOL
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Captivating scenery and characters carry this film to a brilliant endpoint.
7 October 2015 | by TheOverAnalyzerSee all my reviews

As the story unfolds, the music placement is spot on and nestles naturally into the story. The cinematography, whether of beautiful landscapes or of close ups of faces and hands is captivating also. The subtleties in the film are smart. The film revolves around the idea that a common history is also not common, as its impact upon individual personalities can birth worlds unto themselves. The two female protagonists demonstrate this very well, and carry a story through their interconnection (and diversions off of that) to a brilliant end point. The same tendencies that have allowed these characters to survive are the ones they are in danger of being swept away in (Maddy, a more introverted & mysterious character who varies in her presence/accessibility, and Kate, a more fiery character, who dangerously plays the edge). It is Maddy who has been drawn in from far away to collide with Kate who has stayed in the heart of it. Both are reunited and eventually pressed up against the past. The film is accentuated with side characters... it is evident that care was taken in casting them, whether this is an older man who cares for a horse... or a table of ladies playing the Mahjong game... Some bickering about a rule in the Mahjong game for example, as Maddy contemplates in the background, adds depth to the scene/setting. The authenticity of side characters invests the viewer more in the story. Interesting to see what the filmmaker(s) will do next.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Wyoming, USA

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