The Survivalist

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The Survivalist's deliberate pace pays gripping dividends with a tautly told post-apocalyptic drama that offers some uniquely thought-provoking twists.



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A time of starvation. The Survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality. Everything changes when a starving woman called KATHRYN and her teenage daughter, MILJA, discover the farm. Desperate for shelter, the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board. Overcome with desire, Survivalist breaks his strict code of self-preservation and accepts them into his cabin. As the exchange becomes an uneasy ongoing arrangement, the women plot to get rid of Survivalist and have the farm for themselves. But just as they are about to put their plan into action, an intruder kidnaps Milja and Survivalist risks his life to save her. As he is nursed back to health by the women, food runs short on the farm and they are forced to make desperate decisions to survive.

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Really stunning. White knuckled gripping intensity. A very bare movie, minimal in characters, locations, and dialogue and yet far more raw in intensity than a big budget thriller. This is one of the top films of this genre, on par with The Road.

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_kelly .King

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The story: a guy living in the woods during some hard times. That's pretty much it. But so beautifully told that what's laid bare before the end are considerations hardly on the page at all, such as what constitutes trust? And that, once given, it has an expiration date as well. Pretty good stuff. Well done.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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