I'll Take Your Dead follows William who has a simple job, he makes dead bodies disappear. This isn't something he likes to or even wants to do, but through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang related murders in the nearby city. His daughter Gloria has become used to rough looking men dropping off corpses and is even convinced that some of them are haunting their house. After a woman's body, is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes, she's not actually dead. As the gang activity increases, William patches the woman up and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do with her. As they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman's murderers get word that she's still alive and make plan to go finish what they started.Written by
The film is dedicated to the memory of the director's mother. See more »
Gloria hits Carter in the chin with the baseball bat. In the nest scene his nose is broken and bleeding. See more »
I always tend to give a film a higher score, if I rate it right after watching it and it has affected me emotionally. This is especially true if children are involved in the plot. This film certainly has dubious moments in the plotting. The introduction of supernatural elements work, as hallucinations, but when they begin to interact with the characters the results are dicey. They do however, add an unusual slant to what otherwise would have been a less interesting film. Remember Shakespeare had supernatural elements in some of his plays, and there is little criticism of these. Many these days certainly demand more realism in drama, than I believe is necessary. The supernatural can be blended with the characters thoughts and emotions without necessarily representing "kitchen table" realism. We humans, after all do have a wide range of perspectives on reality, depending on our emotional and psychological conditions.
The main achievement of this film is the powerful emotional responses of the characters, both to their perceptions and to their fellow characters. I find the actors are excellent in their portrayals. Their behaviours are simple, but very realistic and moving. The snowy rural farm setting creates an isolated, somewhat sad atmosphere, which I think is very well done. I would certainly recommend this film, to those, who love character drama, but not necessarily those looking for genre fare.
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