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The Driftless Area (2015)

R | | Crime, Drama | 26 April 2016 (USA)
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A bartender comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman and a violent criminal.

Director:

Zachary Sluser

Writers:

Tom Drury, Zachary Sluser (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Yelchin ... Pierre
Zooey Deschanel ... Stella
John Hawkes ... Shane
Alia Shawkat ... Carrie
Frank Langella ... Tim Geer
Ciarán Hinds ... Ned
Aubrey Plaza ... Jean
Benjamin Rogers Benjamin Rogers ... Keith
Primo Allon ... Lyle
Gary Hetherington ... Reverend John Morris
Lucia Frangione ... Luanne
Elika Portnoy ... The Tragic Woman
Amitai Marmorstein ... Donald R. Thomas
Philip Granger ... Herbicide Store Owner
Duncan Ollerenshaw ... Card Player
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Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents' death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates. With Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. Zachary Sluser's film, based on the novel by Tom Drury, is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe.

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Destiny can lead to dangerous places.

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Crime | Drama

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

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destins croisés See more »

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The house that Pierre owns was also used for the X-Files - "I Want to Believe." See more »

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Livin' In The Lonely Zone
Written and performed by Dick Flood
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Drifting Into The Never Never.
5 November 2016 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

From Canada - the land of great short subjects 'n documentaries but a few too many dismal features - what's in their psyche that produces some of these misguided movies - could it be the cold that numbs their senses?. The opening of this movie looked most intriguing. Photographically it's all class, it has good performances, the music maybe a bit loose but it fitted the story. Looking at the "story" - it seems too many writers and directors want to copy the Cohen Bros - problem is, now that the Cohen Bros have gone commercial and begun copying themselves, it's become tiresome and overdue for a face lift. Are there so few left out there who remember how to tell a strait-quality-story?. It doesn't need to be outlandish just interesting!.

Apart from D.O.P. Daniel Voldheim's quality cinematography (AKF: Into The White '12) the best thing about this film is the fine performance from interesting Russian born Anton Yelchin (Hearts In Atlantis" '01). What a great shame we lost this interesting young man in such a tragic accident - way before his time. Will look forward to seeing his final complete performance in "We Don't Belong Here" '16/17, hoping it may offer a better departure note for Anton. Farewell Chekov.

This story seemed to be heading down an OK path till it wanders off the trail, then ends up stumbling over itself. It's yet another stylish looking movie in search of better overall treatment and script. The cultists will excuse its sometimes pretentious pseudo "psychology" along with the usual bunch of foul-mouthed-bad-ass low lifers but, anyone looking for depth could find themselves being led into a dismal driftless bog.


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