Little Chenier (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Chenier (2008)




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Two brothers are victimized by a weak and jealous man in this drama shot on location in Louisiana. Beaux Dupuis (Jonathan Schaech) lives on a houseboat with his brother Pemon (Fred Koehler) in the swamps of Cajun country. Beaux is a handsome and responsible man who supports his family by running a bait shop and looks after Pemon, who is mentally handicapped. Beaux used to love Mary-Louise (Tamara Braun), a dark-eyed beauty, but she's recently married local ne'er do well Carl Lebauve (Jeremy Davidson), who has a mean streak and a jealous nature. As it happens, Carl has reason to suspect Mary-Louise -- she still stops by the Dupuis home occasionally to bring snacks for Pemon, and is sometimes tempted into infidelity by Beaux. Carl's father is the local sheriff, and when he's killed in the line of duty, his son takes his place; it isn't long before Carl learns Mary-Louise has been having an affair with Beaux, and he uses his new authority to put Pemon behind bars on false change as a way of punishing his big brother. Little Chenier was directed by actress and filmmaker Bethany Ashton Wolf, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jace Johnson, whose short story provided the basis for the story.


Johnathon Schaech
as Beaux Dupois
Fred Koehler
as Pemon Dupois
Tamara Braun
as Mary-Louise Lebauve
Jeremy Davidson
as Carl Lebauve
Chris Mulkey
as Sheriff Kline Lebauve
Marshall Bell
as Tuck Dupois
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Critic Reviews for Little Chenier

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Where writer-director Bethany Ashton really excels is in capturing the complex dynamics of small-town life.

March 13, 2008

Men are men, and women are no end of sorry in Little Chenier, a steamy saga of jealousy and revenge set on a waterlogged spit of Louisiana land.

February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

Bethany Ashton Wolf's steamy Southern-Gothic melodrama doesn't miss a cliche... but it's steeped in authentic local atmosphere.

February 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Such unflattering scenarios are common in movies about the rural South, but the melodramatic crescendos in Little Chenier don't play out smoothly or credibly. Heavy-handed storytelling undermines the film's good intentions and authentic locations.

January 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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