Oliver Sherman (2010)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
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In this powerful independent drama, Franklin Page (Donal Logue) is a war veteran who saw some ugly things in combat and has the missing finger to prove it. But seven years after returning home, Franklin has put the nightmares of the past behind him; he married his pretty sweetheart Irene (Molly Parker), they have two children, they share a comfortable home in the country and Franklin has a good job in a factory. One evening, there's a knock on the door and Franklin is surprised to find Sherman
This spare drama about the aftermath of war goes only so far on the strength of its sincerity, carefulness and good intentions.
The north-of-the-border setting promises fresh perspectives but local novelty can't disguise universal clichés, despite Dillahunt's memorably haunted star turn.
With quiet intensity, this contained drama feels like a stage play with its intimate approach and limited cast and settings. It also has a strong thematic kick that's both emotional and political, without ever being preachy.
...often more effective as an actor's showcase than as a fully realized cinematic experience...
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