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HD   14A Closed Captioning

Michael Polish

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About the Movie

In a near-empty Northfork orphanage, Father Harlan gently tends to Irwin, a eight-year-old who lies between a dreamstate and death. As orphanage caretaker Harlan reads aloud about Northfork's years-ago forced evacuation to make way for a hydro-electric dam, Irwin's imagination takes flight. While a team of six men evacuate the last remaining citizens of the town, Irwin, too, invents a cast of characters to prepare himself for his own evacuation.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 101
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Numbing and inert. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 5, 2003

Fresh: You may resist Northfork, but I doubt you'll be able to forget it. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Possesses an undeniable, haunting grandeur. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Unbelievably boring. – Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Original Sin

Unusual,Eerie, and Haunting. A total original that touches your heart while making you pay attention. Lyrical cinematography.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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