Virgil Bliss (2001)
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Critic Reviews for Virgil Bliss
An overly familiar scenario is made fresh by an intelligent screenplay and gripping performances in this low-budget, video-shot, debut indie effort.
Too bad Maggio couldn't come up with a better script.
Shot largely in small rooms, the film has a gentle, unforced intimacy that never becomes claustrophobic.
Stale, futile scenario.
Raw independent drama with great naturalistic performances.
Proof that a newcomer indie filmmaker can infuse some new life into the Downtrodden Loser Character Study.
Audience Reviews for Virgil Bliss
Low budget, high art and realism in this film about a convict getting out after a decade. The film has an almost documentary feel to it. Virgil is my favorite anti-hero since Silence of the Lambs. The big lug tries so hard to be good, and actually follows through on it, once he's released from prison. He's a positive role model for his halfway house buddy, and love's his woman even though shes quite the wounded bird, and pecks. Virgil gets a job, has a stable residence, and is in a relationship. As he gets set up in his new life, we see glimpses of how VB wound up in prison in the first place, and in the last moments of the film find him in the same circumstances as the crime that got him put away. Will he make the same choice? Regardless, you will still root for Virgil. That's the beauty of this film. Its all about VB.
Virgil's naÃ¯vetÃ© isn't entirely believable, but his essential goodness is, thanks to a solid performance by Jordan, and that's really what makes this modern urban tragedy affecting.
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