Things That Hang From Trees (2006)





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Things that Hang from Trees constitutes American director Ido Mizrahy's debut feature. As adapted by singer-songwriter Aaron Louis Tordini from his own novella, this defiantly eccentric drama unfolds on a surreal, southern gothic landscape. Eight-year-old Tommy, incorrectly read as mentally-impaired by many of the local townspeople, lives alone with his skanky mother (Deborah Kara Unger), a sex shop owner. This emotionally troubled child also struggles with painful memories of his abusive, estranged father (Ray McKinnon) - whose mistreatment he recreates in a self-flagellating manner by systematically subjecting himself to the sadism of the local bully (Ryan Parker). While the town barber (Daniel von Bargen) - a psychotic religious nut - obsesses over Tommy's mother, Tommy fantasizes about watching the town fireworks from atop the local lighthouse. The boy finally realizes this dream, but when he descends, he happens upon a shocking discovery that changes his world forever by bringing a permanent end to his childhood innocence.
Art House & International , Drama
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Marco St. John
as Sheriff Hank Bullard
Marylouise Burke
as Joan Kayser
Laila Robins
as Miss Millie
Yul Vázquez
as Juan Lopez
Daniel von Bargen
as George Burgess
Ryan J. Parker
as Bear Hadley
Cooper Musgrove
as Tommy Wheeler
Gail Borges
as Mazziati Mother
Deborah Kara Unger
as Connie Mae Wheeler
Ray McKinnon
as Tom Wheeler Sr.
Jason Antoon
as Bobby Mecklem
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Critic Reviews for Things That Hang From Trees

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

A half-baked piece of Southern Gothic, Ido Mizrahy's debut film wears its influences a little too closely on its sleeve.

May 2, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

[A] stilted, somewhat pretentious Southern Gothic tale.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006
Top Critic

The causality here is somewhat thin -- any time one story really gets cooking, we're jettisoned to another -- but the ensemble cast does good work, and the location becomes a character unto itself.

Full Review… | March 23, 2006
Austin Chronicle

Offers a slice of special education-tinged Southern Gothic minus the evocative eccentricity.

Full Review… | March 21, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Things That Hang From Trees

I decided to give this film a chance, because it really is an intriguing story. Set in 1969, in a small town in Florida. An alcoholic father has abandoned his wife and child. The child is slow and has all kinds of problems, so the mother is forced to open up a business. In 1969 what kind of business does every small southern town need? You guessed it, a sex shop! It's a different plot and seemed like it would be a very interesting story, but looks can be deceiving. They hire writers to make the "official" description of the movie, so it sound great and you'll go see it, and in this case they got me. This has got to be one of the slowest and most pointless movies I have ever seen. Everyone is portrayed as stupid, the film is choppy and makes no sense, and on top of that it's just a total bore! They fooled me, don't let them fool you! Avoid this one!

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer


I hate getting lured into watching a movie that compares itself to a good movie. I got this movie because it said "in the tradition of Chocolat" I really enjoyed Chocolat and this wasn't even a LITTLE like it. It's about a kid who's mother likes to sit in the window of her sex shop dressed up like a mannequin which you would think would have all sorts of possiblities...seriously the dullest movie I have ever seen. I was happy when the mom was found dead at the end so the kid could actually get some guidance. Unfortuneately that is where the movie ended..she meant so little they didn't even investigate despite the kid's father coming back into the picture 5 minutes before. I don't know how it is that people find it so hard to get movies made when some filmmakers are so desperate for ideas that they feel a need to burden the rest of us with this garbage.

Lisa Cramer
Lisa Cramer

A half-baked piece of Southern Gothic, Ido Mizrahy's debut film wears its influences a little too closely on its sleeve.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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