Directed by Jeff Wedding
Screenplay Co-Written by Kristy Nielsen and Jeff Wedding
Starring Katie Groshong, Stephen Jackson, Starina Johnson,
Dale Rainey, Allyce Wix, and Cody Cheyenne
First off let me tell you this is not by any means a horror film, its more of a case study of the bizarre. The story centers around a girl who grows up in a cult setting for lack of a better term, isolated from the world, and even the rest of the household. Upon her mothers passing she joins the other women in the home, all of whom are dominated by a single middle aged man. And for some strange reason there is a bear that only she can see who visits her at night, I think it may be a metaphor for the man of the house, but perhaps I am completely mistaken.
This is a film that is definitely an in the eye of the beholder type. Much of it is left for you to ponder and determine for yourself what exactly is going on with the interactions between this small cast. Its a narrative movie that is beautifully shot, with fantastic location, saturation and film feel. There is also an amazing timelessness to the movie, that is really quite cool, it could literally be taking place at so many different points in time. Its an indie film that definitely does well in production as it doesn't at all feel cheaply made. And visually really is incredibly stunning.
That being said this film is far from my favorite, for me the acting was at time a bit forced in the emotional moments. I didn't quite understand the whys of the film, and I definitely would have like to see a bit more development of the male character, as I didn't feel the apprehension between the male and females in this story. Perhaps that is because of the fact that it centers around just one, and focuses more on her lack of coping mechanism for what life in the real world may hold, her personal fears for the journey she is hoping to attempt... I'm just not sure I understand... But then again I am not entirely sure I am supposed to...
If you are a fan of bizarre, indie or open to interpretation films definitely check this out. The things it does right are beautiful, and well worth watching, there's a reason it has been so successful on the indie film circuit.