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directed by Justin Lerner
United States 2015

 

One night out of the blue, restaurant owner/chef Davis Green (Joseph Cross, LINCOLN) is approached by Alexis (Adelaide Clemens, NO ONE LIVES) who claims to be his cousin. Caught in a hug with the strange young woman by his depressed and volatile dancer girlfriend Cassie (Deborah Ann Woll, TRUE BLOOD), Davis is disinclined to believe Alexis since he has grown up believing that his developmental psychologist father Ronald (Richard Schiff, SE7EN) has no siblings, only to learn from his Grandpa Howard (George Riddle, ARTHUR) on his deathbed that "we don't talk about Joshua" before the older man has an attack and falls into a coma. When his father refuses to tell him anything about his uncle and an entire side of the family he never met, and on the outs with Cassie, Davis heads upstate to Dustin, New York and discovers that his uncle's family run a thrift store/marijuana dispensary and live on a remote farm outside of town. Reconnecting with Alexis, he then meets her sisters Annie (Yvonne Zima, IRON MAN 3) and Amanda (Vanessa Zima, ULEE'S GOLD) and feels an intoxicating sense of familial warmth alien to him as the only child of two cold Yale academics. Although he poses as Alexis' boyfriend, he is immediately recognized by Uncle Josh (Ricky Jay, THE PRESTIGE) - a Harvard-educated philosopher turned backwoods pot farmer - who makes apologizes for not being around while he was growing up but is violently adamant about not making peace with Davis' father. Feeling unwelcome, Davis prepares to leave until he and Alexis stumble across Josh's shack in the woods and discover a home movie that suggests that a woman was the cause of the "unresolvable" enmity between their fathers. When Cassie turns up to tell Davis that his grandfather has died, Alexis - desperate to hold onto Davis - decides that the scattering of his ashes at the family cabin - would be the perfect opportunity to reunited the family, unwittingly setting them on a violent collision course that will reveal shocking family secrets both old and new.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 15 March 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:37:42
Video

2.40:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.40:1

Edition Details:
�  Audio Commentary by director Justin Lerner and actor Joseph Cross
� Deleted Scenes (16:9; 12:30)
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:02)
� Bonus Short Film
� Trailers

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2016
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Film Movement's mid-range bitrate, progressive, anamorphic widescreen encode of this Arri Alexa-photographed film looks quite good, preserving some of the rustic textures when taking into account the other choices in filtration and color correction taken to make the digital image more filmic (most more subtle than the scratchy film effect filter added to the title card). The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is sedate and front-oriented with atmosphere in the surrounds and a few directional jolts. English Closed Captioning is included for the feature.

Extras start off with an audio commentary by director Justin Lerner (GIRLFRIEND) and actor Cross in which they discuss the script and how improvisation as well as the elements on location shaped sequences. Twelve minutes of deleted scenes are of the "nice to have but wisely deleted" variety, extended the tops and tails of sequences more smoothy where the more abrupt edits in the film are more effective. The theatrical trailer and previews for other titles are also included.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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