A dramatic thriller about the disrupted life of one family, set in a contemporary South untouched by time. The lives of two young brothers in rural Georgia are torn by the arrival of their greedy, violent uncle. After a tragic event, the brothers run away from home with their uncle in pursuit.
David Gordon Green (born 9 April 1975) is an American filmmaker.
His films, which are usually coming-of-age tales set in small rural towns, have been categorized as belonging to the Southern Gothic tradition. Green’s dialog often has an obtuse, semi-poetic quality.
While in university, he made the two short films, Pleasant Grove and Physical Pinball, at the North Carolina School of the Arts prior to his feature film debut in 2000, the critically-acclaimed George Washington, which he both wrote and directed. He followed that in 2003 with All the Real Girls and Undertow in 2004. In 2007, Snow Angels, his first film created from a screenplay rather than his own writing, was adapted from a Stewart O’Nan novel. The film debuted at Sundance in January 2007 and stars Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale. It was released by Warner Independent Pictures.
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I haven't seen much of this director's later work aside from Pineapple Express but instead of making raunchy comedies he should return to something like this.
The influences others mentioned are obvious - Malick, who co-produced the film, and Night of the Hunter. The ambiance is what sticks out most. I wouldn't call it a great film, but it's one that develops enough of a mood to keep you interested in the well-worn plot.