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A Country Called Home (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 March 2016 (USA)
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After rudderless 26 year old Ellie learns that her estranged, alcoholic father has died, her world is disrupted and she begins a journey that takes her to small-town Texas, where she finds ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Poots ... Ellie
Mackenzie Davis ... Reno
Mary McCormack ... Amanda
Ryan Bingham ... Jack
Presley Jack Bowen Presley Jack Bowen ... Tommy
June Squibb ... Judy
Norman Bennett ... Bruce
Shea Whigham ... Cole
Joe Stevens ... Roger
Josh Helman ... James
Melanie Haynes ... Brenda
John Merriman ... Sammy
Peggy Schott ... Susan
Larry Jack Dotson ... Mr. Harris
Kay Epperson Kay Epperson ... Hannah
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After rudderless 26 year old Ellie learns that her estranged, alcoholic father has died, her world is disrupted and she begins a journey that takes her to small-town Texas, where she finds direction, family, and friendship in this most unexpected place.

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Language:

English

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1 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Smithville, Texas, USA See more »

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Kickstart Productions See more »
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Imogen Poots and Mackenzie Davis has previously starred in That Awkward Moment (2014) together See more »

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Nobody Knows My Trouble
Written and Performed by Ryan Bingham
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Lost Bound Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Axster Bingham Records
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"A Country Called Home": Filmmaker Anna Axster weaves a leisurely story with lasting power
8 July 2016 | by jtncsmistadSee all my reviews

At first the slice of life indie drama "A Country Called Home" seems to be trying too hard to be indelible. But I found as I let this small town tale of self-discovery and lives recalibrated gently play itself out I came to understand what Director and Co-Writer Anna Axster is doing with her gentle story. That is, to not try to impress you as much as impress upon you what the different definitions of family and the path to one's destiny can be. Axster's is simply one of any number of takes on this tale. And in the end it is a most caring and enlightening journey to which we have been treated.

This is the first time I've seen the work of the film's star Imogen Poots. The strikingly beautiful young actress exudes a unique screen presence. Poots brings a naturally relaxed manner to her role of the rudderless twentysomething Ellie, who leaves a spirit sinking existence in L.A. to pay her respects at the funeral of an estranged father she never really knew. While once again it took some time, I gradually settled in to appreciate her easygoing way with this character cast adrift in a world weary with disappointment. Suffice to say that here is a gifted performer now situated solidly on my radar.

Finally, major props to Axster and her magnificent depiction of small town Texas. I grew up in The Lone Star State, and have personally been to all three of the humble hamlets collectively serving as the sleepy, if not at least somewhat sad, setting for "A Country Called Home". I could almost literally smell the air thick with the distinct scents of ranch field brush and oak trees, all the while being cast back to the oppressive heat and humidity inherent in this extraordinarily ordinary part of our country.

And, pardner, y'all best understand that these are memories just as mighty and everlastin' as the sweet sweltering Texas summer itself.


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