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Writerdirector Asiel Norton takes the helm for this tale of the dissolution and rebirth of a rural American family during the Great Depression. Mary-Ann and her family live amongst the mountains, far away from civilization. Here, man and nature are one, and the laws of survival supersede the morality of modern society. Mary-Ann has taken a secret lover, and when the evidence of her affair becomes too obvious to cover-up, she forces a miscarriage. Fatefully, her father witnesses that desperate act, triggering a series of events that sends his family plummeting toward the unknown. His family starving, Mary-Ann's father recruits his son Job and local Charlie Mills for a hunting expedition, never realizing that Charlie was the father of the aborted child. As the hunt commences, Mary-Ann, her younger brother Paul, and their mother experience hunger so severe that the desperate daughter mistakenly kills her mother by feeding her poisonous mushrooms. Meanwhile, in the forest, the truth emerges, and Mary-Ann's father kills Charlie in a shooting he claims was accidental. Returning home with meat to discover his wife dead, the willful family patriarch suffers through the guilt of murder while mourning the loss of his wife. And he's not the only one experiencing acute pain and doubt, because Mary-Ann has been completely altered by the tragedy at home. Their family, as they knew it, is gone, and soon something strangely familiar will emerge in its place.


Critic Reviews for Redland

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • It's the kind of flawed, boundaries-pushing film that suggests its creators will have much to offer in the future.

    Jul 21, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • With its hypnotic, singular aesthetic, Redland still casts a spell that's hard to shake.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Reaching for Terrence Malick territory, the voice-over narration ("Ma says it was the devil that made me. And Pa don't say nothin'.") just feels faux.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A fine art graduate and accomplished film title designer, what King lacks in storytelling polish is only somewhat offset by his keen aesthetic eye.

    Jun 21, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • A haunting purgatorial journey through a bygone place and time.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

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