Barking Water (2009)
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A couple who've been apart for years are brought back together by difficult circumstances in this independent drama. Frank (Richard Ray Whitman) is a man of Native-American heritage with a checkered past who was once married to Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek). While Frank's love for Irene never died, she grew tired of his wayward ways and they broke up. After many years apart, Irene gets word that Frank is in the hospital; he's dying of cancer, and desperately wants to make his peace with his daughter and granddaughter before he goes. Since Frank isn't well enough to travel on his own, Irene agrees to help him drive across Oklahoma for the meeting, and as they make their way across the state they're reminded of why they fell for one another (and why their love didn't last). Frank and Irene also meet a variety of interesting characters along the way as they travel through Oklahoma's Native American communities. Barking Water received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Barking Water
The quiet humanity of the performances infuses the movie with a truthfulness that outweighs its flaws.
An overall lack of drive drops the pacing from languorous to a slow, stalled crawl, but the journey itself isn't the point here. For once, it's the destination -- forgiveness -- that really counts.
Harjo is clearly giving his all in trying to convey a soulful mysticism in this existential journey. But the tone becomes a little ham-handed with all the lengthy interludes of barren fields, roadside fences and tracking shots of the ever-moving Volvo.
A wonderful and liberating film about a dying Native American's final journey with a loving companion by his side.
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