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Small Town Murder Songs (2010) (Region 2) (Import)

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADJW41Q
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For a short film – just over 70 minutes – Small Town Murder Songs packs an awful lot into its bleak and beautiful depiction of a remote (and religious) community in rural Canada. If Nordic noir could be made outside Scandinavia then that’s what this would be, and indeed many of the core characters come from the old country.
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.
8/10
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A somewhat odd little film, more a chamber piece about a man's struggle with his violent nature than a straightforward murder story, but none the worse for that. Beautifully shot, played and well written, but very short at only 75 minutes. Well worth a look though.
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"Live in the world but not of it."

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.)
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The usually eccentric Peter Stormare plays a very tightly coiled small town cop who recently got in trouble due to anger issues. Dead body turns up, he thinks it’s his ex-wife’s new boyfriend who done it, trouble with his boss, shunned by his family, he’s under a lot of pressure and getting ready to blow. Set in Canada (I think) it has a very Scandanavian feel. Very low budget but gorgeously shot and great performances. There all these weird songs spaced throughout it that are really strange. It was really good but feels like the pilot to the best TV show never made. If you want a detective drama that feels fresh and different then I highly recommend it. Best word to describe it is Haunting. Sidenote- would make a good companion piece with the TV show “Top Of The Lake”.
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I've given this 5 stars despite a certain amount of nudity and bad language (call me old fashioned but I'd like my movies without both). That said, its the _most_ interesting 172 minutes of film I ever watched. Glad I bought it.
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