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Islander (2007)





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A man tries to rebuild his life and reconnect with his family after a stretch in prison in this independent drama. Eben Cole (Thomas Hildreth) is a lobster fisherman who lives and works on a small island off the coast of Maine. Eben takes pride in his work and works hard to provide for his wife, Cheryl (Amy Jo Johnson), and daughter, Sara (Mackenzie Young). However, Eben also has a temper, and when a pair of commercial fishermen from the mainland try to take over one of his fishing spots, the argument escalates into violence. Eben's attack on the fishermen earns him five years behind bars, and his father (Larry Pine) tells him he'll no longer have anything to do with him. After serving his time, Eben is released from jail only to find that many of his worst fears have been confirmed: Cheryl refuses to see him anymore, she's moved in with Jimmy (Mark Kiely), another local lobster trapper, and she won't allow Eben to visit with Sara (now played by Emma Ford). Regarded as a black sheep by the local fisherman, Eben takes a job at a scrap yard to keep body and soul together, but it's not until Popper (Philip Baker Hall), a veteran fisherman, befriends him that he begins to regain his self-respect and show the world he's changed. Islander was screened at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival.more
Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ian McCrudden, Thomas Hildreth, Thomas Hildreth
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On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Slowhand Releasing

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Thomas Hildreth
as Eben Cole
Amy Jo Johnson
as Cheryl Cole
Larry Pine
as Old Man Cole
Ron Canada
as T. Hardy
Dick Barron
as Maynard
Emma Ford
as Sara Cole
Mackenzie Young
as Young Sara Cole
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Critic Reviews for Islander

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

A noble entry into the real world of timeless and truly independent American cinema.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the storyfollows too uninvolving a course to make the movie as powerful as it could have been. But that shouldn't stop audiences drawing satisfaction from its textures.

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

A small, plaintive, modestly made film about how one bad decision can wreck a life.

Full Review… | March 9, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

This simple, classic story is enlivened with well-described characters and credible emotions that make us empathize with the motives and decision of all the characters.

October 30, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The simple images and unobtrusive style have an authenticity that overcomes the rougher performances and folksy fringes of the drama...

Full Review… | March 29, 2007
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Islander places its generic, troubled-guy plot within a small lobstering community on an island off the coast of Maine.

March 22, 2007
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Islander

I was amazed at this little find...I was browsing the shelves at the local library and this DVD caught my eye. At first glance, it wouldn't have been a movie that I'd have put on my list of things to watch, but I'm glad I took the time to find it. The scenery and cinematography was beautiful. The movie and the storyline was heartbreaking and has a sad undertone to it, but it was worth it. So, read the film info and check it out for yourself. Personally, I liked it more than I thought I would...

The film starts out very promising, but about halfway through it gets bogged down a bit and is a little too slow moving. It is well acted by all, well photographed as well. It?s a good story, it?s just not that exciting.

James Higgins

Some people need anger mangement and he did for sure. I changed the lives of many but his little girl hurt the worst.

Danette/Dani Andersen

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