Dixieland (2015)

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Featuring explosive chemistry between rising stars Chris Zylka (The Leftovers) and Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) and impressive supporting performances from music legends Faith Hill and Steve Earle, Dixieland is an intoxicating portrait of life and love on the margins. Fresh out of prison, Kermit (Zylka), a mostly good kid mixed up with local drug dealers, returns home to his rural Mississippi trailer park. As he struggles to keep his nose clean, he falls for Rachel (Keough), his sultry neighbor who's turned to dancing in a club to support her sick mother. Determined to overcome their inauspicious circumstances, the star-crossed lovers make a desperate, last-ditch effort to escape their dead-end town-but soon find themselves ensnared in a cycle of crime.

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An archetypal story made compelling by honest performances but undone by its docu-fiction style.... Bedford shirked the responsibility of building out authenticity within the film's narrative world.

Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
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Writer-director Hank Bedford's Mississippi-set romantic drama would have benefited from judicious tightening and a rethink of its uninspired, decidedly downbeat crime element.

Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…

...it feels thin. The film is long on atmosphere, short on details.

Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Chris Zylka and Riley Keough ignite a convincing spark as lovers who dream of wider horizons. Even so, their fateful course unwinds less than persuasively, the vivid sense of place not enough to bring the one-last-heist setup fully to life.

Dec 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Bedford intercuts the narrative by interviewing actual residents of the town where he shot the film; all of their stories touch on death more movingly than the fictional script does.

Dec 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Striding right up to the unkempt front lawn of white-trashploitation (and occasionally trespassing), Hank Bedford's indie feature debut marshals a pungent Mississippi stink at the expense of a deeper dimension.

Dec 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5

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