Monday, August 06, 2007

Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols, 2007)

***
USA

A leisurely, mournful, mannered meditation on a small-town Arkansas family feud with a rapidly escalating body count. For eschewing the obvious punchy approach and attempting instead something more personal and contemplative, writer-director Jeff Nichols is to be commended. But there are too many false, derivative notes both in his script and his handling of the actors. Perhaps his second movie might turn out more sincere and authentic if he manages to step out of the shadow of co-producer - and evident mentor - David Gordon Green.

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