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.
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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.
Almost feels like a horrific fairy tale! As many have pointed out before me this film comes off as a mixture of Night of the Hunter and Terrence Malick, however the end result isn't as great as either of those two things. Still it's pretty damn good. I love the Southern Gothic elements to it (it's one of my favorite sub-genres) and the imagery is great. Not my favorite Green film but perhaps his most exciting!
David Gordon Green, if your intention was to manipulate my emotions in a way that was both enjoyable and terrifying for me, then well done! Subtle, yet completely captivating. Green uses the enduring love of two brothers to gain our trust and then drops them into a world of torment. I dare you to not empathise.
As Holly Hunter's character O'Reilly states in 'A Life Less Ordinary' "Jeopardy, Jackson, always works!"
A gorgeous film. As others have pointed out, it has much in common with Night of the Hunter, and has touches of Malick to it, but there is something else to it as well. Something unique. Director David Gordon Green only has a few films to his name but he is proving himself to be a voice that must be heard. This is a film that should be examined more. Nobody seems to have gotten a full grip on his style yet.
I was blissfully on the DGG train before this film. I understand the southern gothic fairytale he's going for, but for whatever reason, nothing about it worked for me. Came across as vapid melodrama, albeit beautifully shot.