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- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Small Town Murder Songs (2010) (Region 2) (Import)
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The body of a young woman has been found, murdered. The small community are shocked and threatened and turn to their local police chief, who himself has a chequered past. An extreme act of violence repelled the woman he loved and caused his religious family to ostracise him. He’s gradually been rehabilitating himself, has just been baptised into a new church, and is finding some solace in a new relationship. But he still cares deeply for his previous lover, and it soon appears that she may be shielding one of the chief murder suspects…
The core performances in this are remarkable; Peter Stormare plays a powder keg of repressed rage, attempting to change himself by seeking redemption at church but unable to turn away from what he knows is wrong – even if his behaviour compromises the investigation. The film is punctuated by bible quotes and glorious, full-bodied choral songs, backed by primordial drumming. It’s not so much a murder investigation as the study of a man’s soul and his path to possible redemption: will he continue making the same mistake? Can he live what his scriptures suggest and find salvation by turning the other cheek?
Subtle, understated and succinct, this is an astonishing film – the like of which you’d normally find in art house theatres, not multiplexes. It’s visually and intellectually fulfilling, if a tad emotionally gruelling.
Four CAPTIVATING Stars! In this award-winning, oddly-titled "Small Town Murder Songs" movie, the uneasy Chief Walter Ruden, his staff, and outside police help are caught up in this murder mystery in a small town in GreyFork County. With an unidentified body, a Mennonite-influence, starkly beautiful scenery, and a very distinctive music soundtrack, the search is on to find a killer in an unusual area with tangled relationships. Starring Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Ari Cohen, Stephen Eric McIntyre, Jackie Burroughs, Herm Dick, Erin Brandenburg, with Martha Plimpton, and Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan). On the second viewing, all the nuanced clues are right there for the discovery. Four REVEALING Stars. (Telefilm Canada. Produced by Lee Kim. Written, Produced, & Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. NR but brief nudity, profanity, and violence occur. Music by Bruce Peninsula. Color. CC. Time-1:15:27.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute garbage. I switched this nonsense off within 10 minutes.Published 8 months ago by Mr David Spence
Sorry - thought this was a waste of my time. Far too much navel-gazing and inappropriate music. What is the point of it?Published 18 months ago by D C Thompson
I believe it is possible to tell a story in a movie in under 90 mins but this film suffered because of it. Read morePublished on 13 April 2014 by kevin sadler