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Trash Fire (2016)

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When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder.

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Richard Bates Jr.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Grenier ... Owen
Angela Trimbur ... Isabel
Fionnula Flanagan ... Violet
AnnaLynne McCord ... Pearl
Sally Kirkland ... Florence
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Caleb
Ezra Buzzington ... Pastor Sterling
Molly McCook ... Aimee
Ray Santiago ... Sheldon
Michael Laren Michael Laren ... Photographer
Clayton Jackson Clayton Jackson ... Colton
Alexa Hamilton ... Owen's Mother
Karl Schott Karl Schott ... Owen's Father (as Karl Scott)
Brayden Austin Brayden Austin ... Young Owen
Ruby Lightfoot ... Young Pearl
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The obnoxious, cynical and sarcastic web designer Owen lives with his girlfriend Isabelle. Owen has analysis with his psychiatrist Florence since he feels guilty for the fire that killed his parents and deformed his sister Pearl. When Isabelle discloses that she is pregnant, she asks Owen to make up with his only family composed by his estranged grandmother Violet and Pearl. Owen warns Isabelle that Violet is a nasty woman, but they travel to his hometown. They learn that Violet is a despicable woman that keeps Beatrice locked in her room. Isabelle realizes that Owen has told the truth about Violet, but they stay for a couple of days more because of Pearl with tragic consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for some disturbing violence/behavior, strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Quotes

Owen: How can call yourself a Christian?
Violet: The same way you could call yourself a man.
Owen: You know, sometimes I wish this Bible shit were true, so I could see you burn right alongside me.
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Rosary
Written and Performed by Marissa Nadler
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
Courtesy of Kemado Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Dark Movie that builds tension, well written and worth your time
11 February 2017 | by InvincigothSee all my reviews

I came across this movie on Netflix and figured hey, why not? I had never heard of the film but I recognized the cast. Turns out this slow burn of a movie is well worth your time. The film is almost two in one, the first half is a well written drama about a young man (Adrian Grenier) and his girlfriend and the very real problems they face. So often in movies the characters in relationships have fake problems that no one ever experiences (I'm looking at you How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days). This couple has problems that I would imagine many viewers can relate to, enough so that it may be uncomfortable watching with your significant other. Grenier retains a bit of the Vinnie Chase charisma but it almost drowned in his apathy to...well just about everything. I found this part of the movie engrossing and realistic. I enjoyed all the side characters we meet here as well.

Trash Fire then transitions into a Southern Gothic melodrama as our two leads travel to meet Grenier's family. This is the meat of the movie and the tone changes dramatically from the relationship drama we first experienced to something darker. I hope people check this movie out, the low IMDb scores likely reflect the difficulty in putting this film in a genre. It isn't a horror film, it isn't a drama in the traditional mode and it isn't a crime thriller. It is likely fans of all those genre's might check this out and may be disappointed because it resist categorization. However, if you approach the film without preconceived notions I feel you will become immersed in this world. I found the ending somewhat abrupt and unsatisfactory for several of the characters, but let's face it, most movies end badly these days. Aside from that, it was time well spent with this little indie film. I gave it an 8 because I felt my time was well spent watching it and I would pass along a recommendation for others to check this out.


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3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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