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on April 1, 2013
Kristen Stewart appears in one of her earlier roles in this riveting drama about the price of wealth that also features Donald Sutherland in one of his finest performances.
The story revolves around the son of an anthropologists who rather than spending time with his father in South America doing anthropological study of the Ishkanani tribe, which was what he wanted, being coerced by his mother to spend time with a wealthy businessman who owns a private island and was her client when she was providing physical therapy through the use of massage.
Her son reaches the conclusion that his mother is being paid to engage in sexual intercourse with her wealthy patron, and that he has intentions towards his mother until he drops his pants before the masseuse's son and explains to him that after he had his balls surgical removed in an operation, he attempted to commit suicide given the fact that he had lost his manhood, and that his masseuse had treated him to such a heavenly massage that he had regain an interest in life. And, to evade the punishment his mother had established for him by way of chores, he approaches the multi-millionaire to secure a job, which he succeeds in doing, and, in so doing, develops a close relationship with his mother's patron, who chooses him to participate in a balloon race as his partner - a role which has traditionally been allocated for the millionaire's grandson, thereby, inducing a sense of jealousy and incurring the wrath of his mother's patron's son. The latter, then, forcefully sodomizes him in an act of revenge that leaves him deeply humiliated and bent on revenge, in the same manner that the tribe of Ishkanani, also known as the "Fierce People" in the movie, would when some has stolen their spirit, almost emptying a gun point blank at the heir of the his mother's patron before changing his mind and hurling the gun away.
The main theme of the movie is the price of wealth and how the ruthless pursuit of wealth has its price and corrupting influence.
Fine performances by Sutherland as the supporting actor and Diane Lane as the lead.