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Calico Skies (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | November 2016 (Germany)
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Self condemned to the immense and boundless prison of the Mojave desert, Phoenix leads a life of forced isolation, living by himself in a house as far away as possible from the rest of the ... See full summary »

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Valerio Esposito
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Cast overview:
Tom Sizemore ... Phoenix
Christina Bennett Lind ... Ariel
Vincent Pastore ... Vincenzo
Kiowa Gordon ... Bamboo
Charlotte De Bruyne ... Charlotte
Robert LaSardo ... Macarena
Malcolm Barrett ... John
Marco Khan ... Khan
Johnny Sinclair ... Danny
Shon Fuller ... Mail Man
Shoshana Chagall ... Rosa (as Shoshanna Chagall)
Mark Steger ... Slim
Robert Tarpinian ... Crook
Luigi Iacuzio Luigi Iacuzio ... Luigi (as Luigi Jacuzio)
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Self condemned to the immense and boundless prison of the Mojave desert, Phoenix leads a life of forced isolation, living by himself in a house as far away as possible from the rest of the world. Phoenix does one thing and one thing only: he digs holes. Every month he digs a hole in the middle of nowhere and buries something. The last stronghold of society stands with the man that frequently delivers his mail. When one day the delivery doesn't happen by the hand of his trustworthy mailman, but by that of the beautiful and quizzical Ariel, Phoenix's life derails in an escalation that leads him to dangerous consequences which will be impossible to escape. Written by Hot Tub Films

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Drama | Thriller

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November 2016 (Germany) See more »

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Yucca Valley, California, USA

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Tom Sizemore and Kiowa Gordon became good friends since the two co-starred together on Sundace TV's show The Red Road. See more »

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Tom Seizmore's best film! A Triumph!
20 August 2017 | by hyenasilverSee all my reviews

Calico Skies was very poetic. There were beautifully composed shots and calculated edits. It stood out and reverberated emotionally. The socially awkward Phoenix was perfection. I loved the sequence of shots after he yells at his neighbors. Where he's sitting on his couch, hitting himself, the way the camera gets so close that its his eye and the surface of the couch. We're right there with him in his dread. The way his van is yellow, echoes his yellow belly coward self. Those small touches spoke volumes. This film is arguably Tom Seizmore's best film in his entire career. It revitalizes him not just as an artist but as a flesh and blood man. He's the Everyman of the 21st Century, closed off, plagued with regret, and blossoming with love. Valerie Esposito paints a simple narrative with complex emotions, breathtaking shots, and a true sense of what it is to be a person in this ever judging desert that encapsulates us all. Not a film to be missed!


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