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Pilgrim Song (2013)




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Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, James, a recently pink-slipped music teacher, sets out to hike Kentucky's arduous Sheltowee Trace Trail. Ignoring his girlfriend Joan's plea to stay in Louisville and look for work, James sets out on his two-month journey in hopes of discovering the source of his restless dissatisfaction. For a time, the lush but unforgiving terrain offers James a short-lived respite. But just as he adjusts to the quiet rhythm of life on the Sheltowee-making camp, serenading the open woods, ignoring Joan's frequent phone calls-the trail rejoins with civilization, abruptly spilling out onto a paved road. Toting his fiddle, James is offered a ride to a community barn dance taking place near the next trailhead. Though he knows he should get back to the trail before nightfall, a local girl leads him astray. In the morning, realizing he's low on supplies, James tries in vain to brush aside his guilt and navigate the trail towards town before dark. However, a pot-smoking, philosophical Park Ranger has other ideas. (c) Official Site


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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

James is aimless, charmless, unreachable; it's hard to tell whether he is meant to be a cipher, or if Mr. Morton is simply not up to lending him depth.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
New York Times
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So little occurs, and so little seems to be at stake, that the action takes on the quality of a tossed-off, not-especially-melodic country-music ditty.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Village Voice
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Tedium on the Trail could be the alternative title for this logy trek through the woods.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Film Journal International

It aims for a sense of soulful introspection that instead comes off as an unwitting parody of languid indie conventions.

Full Review… | May 8, 2013
Slant Magazine

The film makes the most of the natural widescreen wonder of its Appalachian forests and mountains, and its sense of isolation is a welcome change from the familiar urbanism of most mini-budgeted features.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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