Directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle
Written by Chad Crawford Kinkle
Starring Sean Bridgers,Lauren Ashley Carter,
Larry Fessenden, Sean Young, Daniel Manche
and Michael G. Crandall
Running time 81 minutes
Chances are at this point you've begun to hear some chatter about this one, having recently made it to Netflix audiences are finally aware of it and the buzz is now growing, with good reason. Jug face didn't do so well when initially released, in fact it only pulled in about $22,000 dollars in domestic sales. After watching the film I have to believe it's because most of us just simply didn't know of the film. Its a great example of why indie film making has a spot in the market place. It offers up something different, slightly taboo, and really pretty special.
The film centers around Ada (Lauren Ashley Carter), her family and her community. They live a bit differently the rest of us, isolated from the modern world in their small community built on traditions generations old. They self sustain, going into town very rarely to sell moonshine to the townies and gather up supplies. they have a way of life that is similar to what many may imagine as almost Appalachian mountain living (whether correct or not).
Not only do they have their own way of life they also a a very peculiar belief system. "The Pit" is their alter, their God, the center of their way of life. They pray to it when sick, they interrupt the signs it sends and do as it commands. Right now the pit is unhappy, its taking vengeance as it wait to be appeased.
Jug Face does so many things right! Its feels very intimate, with the isolated setting as compact cast. The backdrop is visually interesting and breathtaking in moments. the story is so well written it is easy to get caught up in very strange traditions of the community, in a believable way. The characters are well defined, and portrayed in such a manner that you really do feel the pressure, angst and pain of them. there is nothing in this one that is over done, its a wonderful balance of story, and effects, that delivers you to an ending that is just superb and in no way cookie cutter.
The cast has is spectacular in delivering a performances that move you in their struggle. Sean young does a fabulous job as Ada's mother. It is probably one of the strongest and most believable performances I've seen by her. Larry Fessenden is a wonderful indie actor who offers up a character in Adas father that is emotionally rich, making him empathetic and deplorable all at once. Sean Bridgers (Dewai) and Lauren Ashley Carter (Ada), move you with their complexity in ways you don't see often enough, as I stated the ENTIRE cast is just wonderful in this creepy little tale.
Jug Face mixes suspension with beautiful practical effects. It doesnt go crazy with the blood and gore but what it does offer up is so well done, and makes perfect sense in the context of the film. This is a film that should be seen! I really enjoyed this one and it treated to me to so much more than I expected going in, it feels like a tale of american folklore, and I so appreciated that. This is definitely a film worth owning and I would and will add it to my collection.