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The Clearing

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The Clearing

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
91 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/02/04
performer:
Willem Dafoe, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Matt Craven, Alessandro Nivola, Melissa Sagemiller
director:
Pieter Jan Brugge
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
Justin Haythe
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A-

After witnessing the horrors of WWI, the once charming and confident Byron Aldridge returns from France a shell of his former self. Abandoning his Pittsburgh family, he becomes the sole lawman in the backwoods mill town of Nimbus, La., doling out justice with the wrong end of a Colt automatic. His little brother arrives, hoping to lure Byron back North. What follows is a dense, masterfully written story of filial ties and a struggle for decency and redemption within a heart of darkness teeming with ”men poor in everything but revenge.” Gautreaux’s second novel skillfully captures a living, breathing South, where men’s minds are as muddied as the landscape. Though occasionally overreaching, the tale is imbued with such delicacy and even beauty that it not only affects but astonishes.

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