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a season in hell,
This review is from: Affliction [DVD]  (DVD)
This is an absolutely incredible film about psychological deterioration in a small town. The narrator informs the viewer from the very beginning that something utterly horrendous is going to occur, something unmentionable between family and friends. Nolte, the central character, was never better: a tormented man, he has lost his family, his job is in jeopardy, and he must take on the caring for his alcoholic and abusive father.
The plot turns on a suspicious death, which Nolte wants to investigate as sheriff. However, as he enters a terrible downward spiral, he begins to burn all of his bridges and eventually loses his grip. The slowly unwinding tragedy is truly agonizing to watch, the acting is absolutely first rate. Recommended for those with strong stomachs.