The Flats (2002)
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Earnest drama of rural post-adolescents doesn't stake out much new territory -- except geographically, in its use of unusual Northwest settings -- but it also avoids most pitfalls of the coming-of-age genre.
The Flats is a slow-paced film that gradually speeds to the finish. The characters are confused while growing into adulthood. The film is quiet and dialogue heavy. A group of friends spend time before one of them has to report to jail. The boys do regular things as girls become the center. The film is set in the Northwest, and the landscape is well used. The DVD is hard to find and not well put together, but the film is well worth watching for a glimpse at the everyday written as a poem.
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