A former Afghan journalist seeking asylum discovers the dark underbelly of his new small-town home in Northern California.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Rains ... Osman
Melissa Leo ... Gloria
James Franco ... Lindsay
Rachel Brosnahan ... Sandra
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Dmitri Sokurov
Tim Kniffin Tim Kniffin ... Carl
James Oliver Wheatley ... Gabe
Jason Craig Jason Craig ... Gary
Wendy Vanden Heuvel ... Maddie
Christopher Kuckenbaker ... Beaux
John Craven ... Joseph
Michelle Maxson ... Karen
Ari Vozaitis Ari Vozaitis ... Pyro Kid
Emile Rosewater Emile Rosewater ... Doug
Sharia Pierce Sharia Pierce ... Screaming Woman


After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist settles in a small town in Northern California and takes a job with a local newspaper. But when he attempts to cover local crime, he stumbles into local corruption that puts himself and others in danger. Written by Anonymous

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Don't know what it is about
15 March 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an Afghan journalist, who is granted political asylum in the United States of America. He settles in a small town, living with the local policewoman. As he begins his new life and start to forge connections with others, he finds himself unknowingly in much danger.

The film has nice cinematography and lighting, but unfortunately that is about it. The story is rather poorly told, as things are not clearly explained. The relationship between Osman and the policewoman is quite confusing, as I clearly heard Osman calling the policewoman "mum" on two occasions. It is also hard to understand why Osman acted so irresponsibly, walking into danger when it is very apparent that some people are not to be messed with. Osman's persistent belief of Lindsay needing him is beyond me either, as Lindsay made no such statement, and there is no evidence to make Osman believe in that. The final scenes that happen in a weird commune is very confusing, and makes little sense. I do not understand the story at all.

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9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Bodega Bay, California, USA See more »

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