Film No. 35 (2018) April 20th. 4:10 PM LUNA Paradiso Northbridge.
"Just think what you'll tell those kids back in Brian Meadow, knowing you came home with a good kill" (Cal reinforces the importance of their hunting expedition to son David).
A coming of age film with a power not often seen in this genre of cinema. Put simply, David (Josh Wiggins) makes his annual visit to the Montana wilderness where his estranged father, Cal (Matt Bonner) lives. David is reaching an age where the visit is a chore; he's struggling to maintain a connection with his dad. His interest in outdoor adventure is not meeting Cal's expectations. Writer/ directors Alex and Andrew Smith don't muddle the narrative with complicated back stories, all our assumptions are clear from the sumptuous images and concise dialogue. The dreamlike flashback scenes involving patriarch Clyde (Bill Pullman) helps us to gain a greater depth of feeling for Cal. The final 40 minutes is pulsating, exhausting then powerfully revealing. And a warning, animal lovers may find some scenes repugnant. 10GUMS.