Thursday, February 04, 2010


The film welcomes you with dual suicides. One successful and the other a failure. Unable to face life without his brother, Lawrence tries to take his own. The "failure" to do so leaves him the store he and his sibling ran plus the aggressive ex-family of his brother. The wife is openly hostile towards him and the teenage son bizarrely robs him at gun point. The bottom line is a family struggling to deal with the aftermath of a suicide while mired in borderline poverty. In many ways it is a brilliant film but it sucks in the viewer so strongly that you come out despondent and depressed.

Rating: * +

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