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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.


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


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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A film by Richard Bates, Jr.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrath See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Violet: Oh, Owen, grow up. Your mother was a whore, your father was a moron, and your sister is an abomination. Now I have to go to my grave knowing that the bloodline continues.
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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Written by Kate McGarrigle
Published by Kate McGarrigle Music
Administered by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.
Performed by Martha Wainwright
Courtesy of [PIAS]
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Trash Fire: Oddly enjoyable stuff
27 February 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Trash Fire is such a remarkably odd film, thriller? romance? comedy? horror? It truly does have it all.

Starring Adrian "Entourage" Grenier it tells the story of a young couple struggling to stay together, partially because the guy is a bit of an a-hole (Yet oddly I related to him more than I've related to a character in years). In an effort to build bridges they travel to spend time with members of his highly religious family, but things take a dangerous turn.

Notably the performances are fantastic especially Grenier, the script is first class and some of the best writing I've seen in months and the concept behind the movie is solid (Though simple).

It's a tale about relationships, redemption and the lunacy of religion. It still surprises me how 80% of the US identifies as Christian yet the vast majority of the time when religion is presented as subject matter in movies it's shown as either dangerous or "Wacky". This always pleases me and demonstrates a firm grasp of reality by those who write these things. The inclusion of Christianity into the tale which evolves into an antagonist is fantastic and really helps the film no end.

Trash Fire though very oddly constructed is a very enjoyable film hampered only by the questionable finale. I don't think the ending is bad, but had it been better so too would my rating.

Regardless this is very enjoyable stuff for those seeking something that little bit different.

The Good:

Some incredible writing

Great characters

The Bad:

Weirdly put together film

Ending could have been better

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