Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect their family.
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This is not your typical revenge movie. The violence is there, but not sexualized as it can be in a typical Hollywood movie. This is about the aftermath of violence and the struggle to move past it. It's about a crappy father's legacy and a mother so filled with hate that her children are damaged. You can tell how badly they were treated as their names are Son, Kid and Boy.
I have come to look at Nichols as an undiluted, undistilled version of Alexander Payne. This, his first, has the kick of a buffalo and the narrative finesse of a oeuvre majeure. Brother Ben does an excellent job at creating as enduring a music signature as the film itself.
Dans Shotgun Stories, Jeff Nichols livre une très belle chronique de l'Amérique rurale qui lui est chére à travers le quotidien simple et dramatique de fratries de l'Arkansas. Superbe prestation de Michael Shannon pour sa première collaboration avec le réalisateur.
Un immense premier film, tragédie shakespearienne à la mise en scène classique mais solide portée par d'excellents comédiens. Nichols laissait promettre le meilleur pour la suite, et m'a époustouflé une seconde fois avec Take Shelter. On retrouve ici tous les principaux thèmes de ses films suivants.
Michael Shannon never disappoints, he is electrifying. What I really loved about this film is that felt like it had a very good understanding of the South, in a nonjudgemental way. The attention to detail is incredible. A very slow burn film, but an effective one indeed. The relationship between the brothers was moving and the view of violence was serious. A very humanistic experience. Nichols is definitely a talent.