Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Cornerhouse, 30 August 2014
Young and committed, earnest about safeguarding the earth, three environmental activists set out to blow up a dam.
They are not bad people. On the way to meet up, two of them tend a deer by the roadside. She’s dead but pregnant, her belly warm, the foal alive inside her. Even so, they do a bad thing, for although the terrorist act is carefully planned and executed, it has unintended malign consequences.
This is a brilliant film, full of tension and torment, fraught with terrible meaning. There’s dismay, elegy, accident and remorse, the stain of original sin. Jeff Grace’s music is disconcerting – alone, it’s about enough to set your nerves on edge. The actors, above all Jesse Eisenberg, deliver fine performances.
A very great film.