AWOL (2016)

AWOL
Director: Deb Shoval
Writer: Deb Shoval, Karolina Waclawiak
Cast: Lola KirkeBreeda WoolDale SoulesBill SageTed WelchBritne OldfordLibby GeorgeCharlotte Maltby
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 14.6.2017
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Plot:
Joey (Lola Kirke) doesn’t really have many options in her small hometown. One of the few ways to get out is to join the army, so that’s what she does. It is just then when Joey meets Rayna (Breeda Wool) and falls in love with her. And Rayna seems to like Joey, too. But she’s also married and has two children, which spells trouble for everyone involved.

AWOL has an interesting setting and Kirke is really strong, but other than that, I pretty much ended up hating the film.

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We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are
Director: Jim Mickle
Writer: Nick Damici, Jim Mickle
Remake of: Somos lo que hay
Cast: Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Kelly McGillis, Wyatt Russell, Michael Parks
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
After the death of their mother, Rose (Julia Garner), Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rory (Jack Gore) are left behind with their father Frank (Bill Sage). They live a very reclusive and ultra-religious lifestyle that includes ritualistic cannibalism – something that Rose and Iris find facing themselves now that their mother is dead.

I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by the film. I really liked the original and I heard good things about Mickle’s take but in the end, despite several strengths, it felt overly long and I had the feeling like it didn’t actually know what story it told.

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Electrick Children (2012)

Electrick Children
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Writer: Rebecca Thomas
Cast: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Bill Sage, Cynthia Watros, Billy Zane
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Rachel (Julia Garner) lives with her family in a religious, technology-abstaining community, headed by her father Paul (Billy Zane). One day, a tape recorder is introduced into their world and Rachel is fascinated by that technology. She sneaks out to listen to a music tape at night and is enraptured by that song. A short while later, Rachel appears to be pregnant. She believes that the voice of the tape recorder is the father and wants to find him, while her parents suspect her brother, Mr Will (Liam Aiken) instead. But Rachel decides that she has to find the guy the voice – and her child – belongs to and heads out into the real world.

Electrick Children was a really sweet film with an excellent cast and a nice soundtrack. The topic could have been easily turned into a very heavy thing, but instead Thomas keeps it light without shrinking from the hard questions.

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