Small Town Murder Songs (2011)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
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A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. -- (C) Official Site
Jun 3, 2011 Limited
Jul 19, 2011
Monterey Media - Official Site
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"Small Town Murder Songs" moves so deliberately, with such confident authority, that every small event takes on cumulative significance...
Beneath a deceptive calm, it uncovers a core of fear and loathing as ominous as the backwoods world of "Winter's Bone."
A redemption parable that occasionally finds balladlike lyricism in its biblical solemnity and oddball Lynchian rhythms.
STMS succeeds as an Ontario Gothic mood piece, a story of alternately repressed and exploding passion.
Rarely does cinema sight and sound mesh as boldly as this, and it's all to the good.
... the film is only an hour-and-a-quarter long, and that's just as well; spells are hard to sustain. Yet it's big enough.
Atmospherically steeped in rural noir. . .Stormare's agonized face keeps the focus on more a tormented character study than a mystery. . .greatly heightened by rootsy songs.
Peter Stormare is a limited actor who only manages to exude the resolute nothingness of the role.
The soundtrack ... goes miles toward making what would be an unmanageably dour experience into an acute emotional resonance; the songs are freed to say more than the characters onscreen.
Stormare's performance towers over the flimsy story. Besides the effective ensemble acting, another asset is the outstanding cinematography. This captivatingly haunting crime drama never gets tiresome and knows when to bring the...
A lawman seeking redemption can't seem to escape sin in Ed Gass-Donnelly's haunting, rural drama.
For all that Small Town Murder Songs hints at, there isn't enough delivery here.
While it's easy to admire the unique stylistic accents director Ed Gass-Donnelly fearlessly applies to his northern Ontario murder mystery, it's not so easy to enjoy them.
The force in Stormare's performance is enough to suggest we've witnessed only a fraction of the character's anguish.
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