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Prairie Love

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As a mysterious high plains drifter travels across the wintry North Dakota prairie, he finds a man lying unconscious in the middle of the road and stops to lend a hand. After defrosting, the man explains that he's on his way to meet his pen-pal girlfriend for the first time, as she's being released from prison. Desperate for a girlfriend of his own, the drifter sees this as an opportunity to change his lonely existence, and hatches a plan to steal his new companion's identity, forever changing the destinies of all three people.

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An unnervingly romantic, starkly humorous, and startlingly composed drama. --Roya Rastegar, The Huffington Post

From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this WONDERFULLY BIZARRE story about three people searching for love in the oddest ways. --SUNDANCE INSTITUTE

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  • Actors: Holly Lynn Ellis, Jeremy Clark, Garth Blomberg
  • Directors: Dusty Bias
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UNI2YI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,738 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 16, 2012
Format: DVD
"Prairie Love," from writer/director Dusty Bias, is an extremely low-budget indie that hopes that you will be captivated by its eccentricity and quirkiness. It has an unusual and appealing story that might have been mined for big laughs or intense drama. Bias, instead, keeps things on an even keel with a very understated tone. If you watch a lot of independent cinema, you'll recognize many of the arty conventions here. There is stilted dialogue, meaningful silences and stagnant camera shots taken from abstract angles. All of these things can and have been used to good affect in numerous other films, but "Prairie Love" starts to feel a little monotonous due to pacing issues. It's a real shame too, because I love the central plot line of the film and found the actors strangely appealing. As a odd love story, the screenplay comes close to succeeding. And as a comedy, there are hints of a great movie in evidence. Bias has a wonderful and original idea for a movie, but it just wasn't fully satisfying for me.

The tale takes place in the frozen land known as North Dakota. As depicted here, the isolation and emptiness makes it feel a bit more like the Arctic! A drifter (Jeremy Clark) happens upon a traveler (Garth Blomberg) lying in the middle of the road in the process of freezing to death. He thaws the fellow off but not before perusing his personal belongings. He is intrigued by a series of love letters from a woman in a local prison. Socially awkward and in desperate need of company, he starts to idealize the notion of romancing the lady who sent the letters. So he hatches a scheme to meet her. Holly Lynn Ellis plays the woman in question and is an interesting mix of quirk and vulnerability. The two embark on a strange courtship.
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This movie reminds me a lot of "Fargo" and its many moments of jolting surprise and impromptu change. While its story or plot may initially appear to be blase - a cowboy drifter aimlessly travelling across a wide-open, snowbound prairie in a beat-up old station wagon - something suddenly happens to change all that. He picks up a hitchhiker whose car has broken down in the middle of a blizzard and, all of a sudden, that which was once a ho hum existence, now becomes a fascinating tale of love, lust and murder. As the hitchhiker shares his story about going to visit a female penpal at a local penitentiary, the drifter suddenly comes alive. As a survivor who has always lived his life on the margins of society, the wonders of sex have never been part of his lonely lifestyle. Now as he listens to the fantastic plans of his new travelling companion, his mind becomes transformed. He, too, wants to be able to have a woman in his life, and the only way he can do it is to hijack the other man's dream. This will involve acquiring critical detail about the woman waiting to be released from prison, finding a way to kill the would-be lover and, then, with his stolen identity turn up to claim his prize and enjoy the moment. Everything seems to work in his favour because he has no real identity but an assumed one. Later on, as events coalesce, the new woman of his dreams will learn the awful truth behind her new Lothario, but the power of love being what it is will stand by her man in the end as they are left to crawl through snowdrifts in an attempt to avoid the law that is closing in on them. As a backdrop to their futile efforts to escape, a church spire can be seen off in the distance, offering them the vain hope of a safe haven.
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If you'd like to take a break from predictable Hollywood movies with the usual cast of characters, you may be drawn in to Prairie Love.

Like another movie set in North Dakota (Fargo), Prairie Love depends on the stark backdrop of the landscape, in this case, desolate prairie in winter, to drive much of its plot.

Just the basics of the story: A drifter driving along a lonesome road in the middle of nowhere, dead of winter, comes across a body lying in the road in front of a pickup with the hood up.

Drifter drags the body into his pick-up, along with a small satchel, and discovers a wad of love letters inside written to a woman in prison. Eventually, the "body" recovers from the cold and turns out he's still alive. What's more, he was on his way to meet the girl for the very first time after a 3-year penpal relationship, when his truck broke down.

The drifter has other plans, decides he wants to meet the girl and figures she'll never know the difference.

This was a strange movie, one where you're not exactly sure what happened at the end, or what the characters were thinking. Or, for that matter, the significance of the dead deer that keeps pulling a disappearing act.
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One of my favorite indie films from last year's Sundance was Prairie Love! Daring and original, Prairie Love has a lot of potential with the allures of a Gus Van Sant movie. I loved the balance between dark humor and human melodrama (think FARGO), as well as the broad shots and the minimalistic cinematography which encompass the director's unique vision. Funny, spontaneous and positively bizarre, Praire Love is highly enjoyable!
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