The lush greens of Tennessee frame the Southern Gothic tale of Bloodworth
. An aging honky-tonk musician named E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) returns home after decades to the lost and aimless sons he left behind: Warren (Val Kilmer), a smooth-talking womanizer and gadabout; Brady (W. Earl Brown, who also adapted the screenplay from a novel by William Gay), a bitter would-be psychic who looks after their disconnected mother (Frances Conroy); and Boyd (country singer Dwight Yoakam), whose deep subterranean anger drove away his wife, the mother of Fleming (Reece Thompson of Rocket Science
), an aspiring writer. There's not much in the way of plot, just a series of colorful episodes that tug and tear at the family's fragile bonds, while Fleming tries to surmount the wasted lives that surround him--but the lived-in performances keep everything on track. This movie is all about the vivid but troubled personalities and the languid yet juicy dialogue. Slowly, old secrets bubble up as human violence and a tornado rip up the fabric of life. The soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett (who produced the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?
), is superb. Also featuring Hilary Duff as a sort of Southern-fried manic pixie dream girl. --Bret Fetzer
It's been 40 years since E.F. Bloodworth (Kris Kristofferson) abandoned his loving wife and sons for a life on the road. Now at the end of the line, Bloodworth reappears, forced to reckon with the stale aftermath of his departure. With his ex-wife Julia (Frances Conroy) mentally destroyed and his three sons, Warren (Val Kilmer), Boyd (Dwight Yoakam) and Brady (W. Earl Brown), soured by years of anger, Bloodworth's only solace is a budding relationship with Fleming, the grandson he never knew. But when Fleming meets Raven (Hilary Duff), the woman of his dreams, will Bloodworth's presence force history to repeat itself? Bloodworth features music produced by Academy Award® winner, T Bone Burnett (Best Original Song, Crazy Heart
, 2009), and an original song from country music legend Kris Kristofferson.