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A Marine narrowly escapes death to return to a place as foreign and confusing as Iraq. When no one greets him at the airport, he sets out for the wilderness. But the people he meets start to form a new sense of home. Now he has everything to lose. Five peoples' fates become entwined when a Marine (Fran Kranz) returns on furlough from Iraq. When no one greets him at the airport, he sets out to look for his father (Whip Hubley) on the wild Northwest coast. His journey becomes harder and harder as it intersects with his un-met step-mother, a bitter Gulf War One veteran, and the British stewardess from his connection home (Elize du Toit). As each strays further from his everyday life and a body washes up on the beach, their fates become bound inextricably together. Almost impossibly, a newfound sense of belonging is forged and, finally, the Marine has something to come back to. Now he must return to the real and present war.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 33
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Director Ursula Meier generally distinguishes her feature debut by not pushing elements to melodramatic or farcical extremes.
Fresh: Though the cautionary symbolism is clear here, the committee-written film (there were five scribes including Meier), smartly keeps its message quotient in check.
Fresh: Working with all-star DP Agnes Godard, Meier effectively communicates the sense of upended privacy.
Fresh: Using cinema as self-therapy might be a selfish way to treat audiences, but Harden and Scheel's chemistry makes the mother-daughter dynamic universal.
Rented this movie based on the description and the "94%" rating displayed on iTunes from Rotten Tomatoes. After about 5 minutes I thought to myself "94% really????" Went back and actually followed the link to the rotten tomatoes web site and realized that iTunes is displaying a rating for a completely different movie.
In short this movie was not good.
I spent an hour and a half wondering what was going on and two minutes wondering why I waited to the end of the movie to shut it off. This movie is almost as fun as watching cheese mold.