The Driftless Area – Nichts ist wie es scheint (2015)

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The Driftless Area – Nichts ist wie es scheint: Directed by Zachary Sluser. With Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat. A bartender comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman and a violent criminal.

“I compare this movie to Fargo tv series because both have a similar premise, of an innocent man/couple caught up in local level organised crime. That aspect of the movie is very clever. Itu0026#39;s very indie though, with lots of folksy modern tunes underpinning the rather laconic action sequences and drama. Itu0026#39;s also a rather cool and careful love affair, and even one of the criminals has a bit of a similar affair, underlining what looks like an intended irony. As such itu0026#39;s intelligently put together, a well-written script and story inspired by a novel. If you look to the special features u0026#39;making ofu0026#39; on the dvd, youu0026#39;ll see various cast and crew struggling with how to describe it. Noir is mentioned a couple of times. Perhaps thatu0026#39;s worth noting, as this is a sufficiently unusual piece to hold some pride in itself. Iu0026#39;d describe it as picturesque, and that would apply to the careful (but not sweeping) cinematography as well. Thereu0026#39;s an important spiritual side, which could have been treated with a little less slap dash. To explain, certain ideas are presented as fait accompli, and, to my mind, should have been given more spooky for the audience to willingly run with it. Granted though, donu0026#39;t turn to this one if looking for an action film to thrill. Look to it if you like young love, good writing and interesting character study. Great actors here, and well worth a look on a Saturday afternoon.”


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