Angels Crest (2011)
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In the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, young father Ethan (Thomas Dekker) is doing his best to raise his three-year-old son Nate. He has no choice-Nate's mother (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic. But one snowy day Ethan's momentary lapse in judgment results in tragedy, catapulting the town's tight-knit community into strange new directions as they try to decide where the blame lies. -- (C) Magnolia
Dec 30, 2011 Limited
Apr 3, 2012
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Catherine Trieschmann's script, based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, barely scratches the potentially loaded surfaces it serves up.
While there is a great deal of weeping and wailing going on in the town of Angels Crest, little of it is connected to a comprehensible or cohesive plot.
Dellal gets respectable performances all around ... but they can't elevate "Angels Crest" ... beyond its one obvious and depressing note ...
Despite several solid performances, the characters are too hazily sketched and too loosely linked to form a meaningful chain.
This tragic story about the accidental death of a child raises a lot of issues about parenting, responsibility, guilt, blame and remorse. These issues have broader implications for society as a whole, far beyond this specific example.
A not very subtle and generally unpersuasive stab at tapestral grief-as-elegy.
Nothing sticks for long in this strangely muted, depressing drama that blows from one scene to the next without any particular rhythm like one of the pretty snow drifts in the film.
Hopelessly bleak tragedy, as trumatic guilt gnaws on everyone's sensibilities.
It relies too much on two particularly played-out indie clichés: a spare, plunky soundtrack, and a narrative structure that teases out characters' backstory far longer than necessary.
Angels Crest opens with the laughter of children at play, but that's the only hint of happiness you'll find in this unflinchingly manipulative and pointless morality play.
- Jack: Once upon a time.
- Jack: I was wondering if you would be willing to help me.
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