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Title says it all. A author from the city moves into suburbs and then is angry when they start chopping down trees to make it more like the city. Strange theme to chose, as it makes the main character just seem like an elitist prick, and very hard to like. That's just bad writing. No real plot, other than the main character trying to find himself, but without any real action to reveal more about the main character, we are left with a boring mess of a film.
In watching it, I definitely felt the layered nature of the dialog, and in particular, the theme of nature. Man vs. Nature and subsequently Man vs. Himself. Great work on that. A daring, complex portrayal of a "green" theme with a dark twist.
I thought the lead was a very complicated character, working out his demons. I truly enjoyed the frustration and the paranoia of his condition pitting him against the whole town; very fitting in that w/ environmental issues, we feel very powerless and have to deal with the results of each and every catastrophe that comes our way... for the sake of development and money.
Some bold choices with the cinematography and story telling. A film that is both loud and subtle and could have you watching it twice.
Excellent film, people who are aware of how well integrated the story is, will love it, those who do not see all the subtle nuances, will hate it, this is not a TRANSFORMERS movie, this is not a HUMAN CENTIPEDE moronic goreporn thing, this is real horror, real drama, real storytelling, dense, complex, and yet simple. The Story (without giving too much away) involves parallel worlds,quantum mechanics, society, politics, spirituality, contemporary America, deplorables, shamanism, psychodelics, nature awareness, futurology, decline of empires, on and on, brilliant!
A great suspense drama. It starts off slowly, like a dream, and like a dream it goes off the rails. The screw begins to turn, the walls start closing in, and you think you know where it's going but you're not sure, and the screw keeps turning, the whole thing unravels one sequence at a time, and you can't stop it.
There are lots of captivating shots in this movie, painting a beautiful picture of the American outdoors. The score was haunting, setting the mood for the drama that unfolds, sometimes turning things up, other times working up a sense of dread.
There was also a strong green / environmental element in the story, but within it there's the theme of individual-versus-the-majority. Xavier, a writer, takes a stand against the town, going against what everyone thinks. In the process, he begins to sound and feel crazy. Is he off the wall, or is the town making him crazy? He seems to be right on a number of issues -- he wants to protect the riverside from out-of-control development, and he doesn't want anyone mess with his family -- but he's wrong on others, in the way he goes about things. He is brash and antisocial. He doesn't identify with the local community. He does drugs, and weird ones, too. He doesn't attend the town parties, and when he does, he's not good company. He's an intellectual city-slicker in a small rivertown.
'It's bound to come to a head.'
Plenty of stuff going on, plenty of things to chew on!