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The Driftless Area (2015)

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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.


Zachary Sluser


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


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.


Crime | Drama

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

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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 »


Sure Gets Dark When The Sun Goes Down
Written and performed by Dick Flood
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Murder - Metaphysics - Afterlife
20 March 2016 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that should be watched two or three times to catch everything that is happening in this story. I will not attempt to relate the plot line here. My advice is to listen to the philosophical statements many of the characters speak during the movie. That is key in understanding whats happening just above the obvious.

Anton Yelchin as 'Pierre' finds himself, on his return to his hometown, caught between the real world and the metaphysical world and a murder. Human desire and action - is it impulsive or predetermined? What controls our life - lust for material gain and if so what effect does that have on the next life? Maybe I'm reading way too much into this film but I found it entertaining and thoughtful. The murder for profit eventually comes to the surface and Pierre's fate hangs by a thread. There is mystery and action enough to keep the casual viewer entertained.

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