UNDERTOW (2004) [feature]

USA (MIFF 2005 , International Panorama)
Director: David Gordon Green

"David Gordon Green goes Southern gothic. John (Dermot Mulroney) lives in the Georgia backwoods with his two boys - teenage Chris (Jamie Bell) and tiny Tim who sometimes wears a pilgrim hat and compulsively eats mud and paint, explaining that 'it's an anxiety disorder.' The menage is menaced by the appearance of John's ex-con brother Deel; exacerbated by hidden gold and Philip Glass music, sibling rivalry turns murderous." - J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Green's film sinks its characters into a swamp of naturalism and then sends them on a nightmarish journey through a landscape that seems both real and magical: a rural Deep South terrain full of sun-seared forests, rotting junkyards and small farms reeking with manure, old junk and neglect.
"With its fairytale structure, taut story and rich atmosphere, it's reminiscent of [The Night of the Hunter] - though it's shot in the style of American 70s rural movie crime dramas such as [Deliverance] or [Badlands]. Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp." - Chicago Tribune
[Undertow] was produced by Terrence Malick.
David Gordon Green will be attending the festival.
D/S David Gordon Green P Lisa Muskat, Terrence Malick, Richard R. Pressman S Joe Conway WS Content International TD 35mm/col/ 2004/108mins
David Gordon Green was born in Arkansas, USA, in 1975 . His films include [George Washington] (MIFF 00), [All the Real Girls] (2003).

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