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Actor Ray McKinnon (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) makes his debut behind the camera with Chrystal, a psychological drama written, directed, and produced by the long-time character player. The film stars Billy Bob Thornton as Joe, a man who returns home after a 16-year prison stint. Before his conviction, Joe was involved in a car wreck while being pursued by the authorities. Though he survived, Joe's wife Chrystal (Lisa Blount) suffered permanent injuries and the couple's young son was killed.
Jan 16, 2004 Wide
Aug 30, 2005
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Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile.
It's meandering and uneven, but much of it is powerfully effective and affecting.
Even those impatient viewers who feel like they're watching paint dry will admit that the colors are beautiful.
A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue.
A sometimes audacious, occasionally downright brilliant, always watchable work that somehow just misses being wholly successful.
While some of the low-key atmospherics are effective, and Thornton suffers with exquisite quietude, some important scenes unfortunately are clumsily staged.
Looks and feels authentic in a way only a Southern director is likely to achieve.
An affecting melodrama that's deep-fried in Southern heritage right down to its ribs.
Moves at a virtually glacial pace, dramatizing its story less than entombing it...lacks the radiance it obviously aspires to.
This would have been a better movie if it was just the Chrystal and Joe story... without some of the side bar events that don't advance the story.
Triple threat writer/actor/director Ray McKinnon renders a strange tale set in the beauty of the Ozarks.
... a masterful and assured movie about the ways broken people try to mend connections and carry on.
A two-hour film that contains a story that could have been smoothly detailed in thirty minutes.
A harrowing and indelible evocation of loss and the fragility of life.
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