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A modern gothic tale of crime and redemption about Walter (Peter Stormare), an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town, who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. When a young, unidentified woman is found dead by the lake – the victim of a brutal and violent crime – Walter and his partner Jim (Aaron Poole) are called to the scene of the town’s first murder investigation in decades. A senior OPP officer is called in to lead the investigation, relegating Walter and Jim to menial field work. Yet despite this, Walter comes up hard against the mistrust of his community, who will not let him put a violent incident in his past behind him. Convinced that Rita (Jill Hennessey) his ex-lover may be lying to the OPP to protect her new boyfriend, Walter’s newly reformed life begins to unravel. As Walter tries to find the evidence to make an arrest before Rita is implicated, he struggles to maintain some me sure of professional detachment, and the new life and new girlfriend (Martha Plimpton) he has worked so hard to preserve.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 19
- Fresh: 15
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone."
Fresh: With his second feature, GassDonnelly achieves that longed-for thing, a whole greater than the parts, one in which each disparate element complements the other.
Fresh: An effective ensemble backed by a bracingly haunting soundtrack strike a compelling chord in this rural Canadian crime drama.
Rotten: Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role.
Best Indie I've seen all year!
Fantastic! This movie invokes the Coen brothers in quality and the bravery to examine a small town drama at its appropriate pacing, but that's where the comparison ends. Gass-Donnelly has made his mark on Southwestern Ontario's oft overlooked society rich in the old ways. A clear countermeasure to the Toronto/Vancouver/Montreal-centric indie scenes. This movie has real Canadian heart without any apology. Well done!
A Definite Winner!
Excellent writing, acting and directing but the soundtrack overshadows everything! The movie is a little slow in places but the music soothes the soul! Like a fabulous music video, you could actually play it over and over and go about your business just enjoying the tunes.
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 2011
- 2011 3 Legged Dog Films. Artwork & Design © 2011 KinoSmith Inc. All Rights Reserved. Distributed exclusively in Canada by Alliance Films. All Rights Reserved.
- Small Town Murder Songs - Original Soundtrack
- Various Artists