A Violent Separation

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In a quiet Midwestern town, a deputy named Norman Young is faced with an impossible decision; arrest his older brother Ray for murder or help him cover it up. Norman chooses family. As the ensuing investigation withers, neither of the brothers are prepared for the weight of their guilt or how that guilt will strain their loyalty to each other when a passionate romance blossoms between Norman and the victim's younger sister, Frances. Family bonds are tested as impossible choices must be made to protect the ones they love.


Critic Reviews for A Violent Separation

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (9)

  • Here though, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz and screenwriter Michael Arkof have delivered something largely devoid of style or narrative tension, where everyone's fates seem drearily predetermined.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, the themes don't resonate in sufficiently powerful fashion to compensate for the film's sluggish pacing and strained melodramatics.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A tale of familial trouble in America's heartland that's actually quite well-made but too slow and inert to carry much emotional pull.

    May 21, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Goetz' latest feature may get bogged down by a flat, made-for-TV look/feel, yet it manages to hold all of its threads together until its inevitable denouement.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • A Violent Separation is a painfully slow, poorly acted backwoods melodrama. The characters babble and muck about with zero sizzle to the plot.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film comes off like a short story expanded but not properly developed to feature length.

    May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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