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Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. Dec 4, 2012
    Beautifully written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly about a man Walter (Peter Stormare), who seeks redemption for his life of sin. There isn't anything complicated about the plot, there aren't any wild twists, and it raps itself up rather quickly at under a hour and a half. The cinematography is straightforward and graceful, consistant with the unassuming storyline. The musical score is exceptional, which dramatically enhances this film from a "it was ok" ,to a movie that truly captivates and resonates. Peter Stormare is terrific as Walter. Collapse
  2. Aug 31, 2012
    Superbly well- acted by everyone on screen and beautifully scored by Bruce Peninsula in a truly remarkable soundtrack that adds so much to the film. For all the fine, fine performances here, Amy Rutherford in a brief role as a grieving mother deserves special mention. In all, while the film is short and might be charged with under-serving its story, there is nary a misstep here. I am looking forward to more, much more, from this director. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2011
    Enjoyable. Hard though to understand the accent sometimes. Excellent filmography. Best i have seen in a long time. It captures the small Mennonite town so well. Film is a mystery but in that Cohen brothers way. Weird and wonderful where nothing happens above the surface but where you feel the vibration of the tremors below.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 7, 2011
    Stylistic debts abound: the Coen brothers, Roger Deakins, the bleak, gothic landscapes of Terrence Malick's "Badlands" and Richard Brooks's "In Cold Blood." Through it all, though, is the original and memorable spectacle of violence expressed and repressed by the desperate hero.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 30, 2011
    Compellingly acted from top to bottom. As the raw passions of its hard-bitten characters seep into you, the songs hammer them even more deeply into your consciousness. The film's only flaw - a big one - is its brevity.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jun 30, 2011
    The film is as much music-video collection as crime drama: The interludes in which the songs swell into voluptuous prominence balance out a tale of crime and redemption so spare, it's almost abstract.