Monday, July 11, 2016

Northfork (2003)

Paramount Classics
Directed by Michael Polish
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(DVD, Paramount)

A new dam has resulted in the forced evacuation of a small town in Montana. A government team has been sent to round up the last stragglers who refuse to leave. Some are just stubborn, others ignorant, but one might be an angel. The orphan boy is being taken care of by a cranky priest and is dying of an undisclosed illness. He wanders the abandoned town and adjacent countryside, eventually finding a house inhabited by "angels" who debate whether or not to take him in to their fold. Ludicrous story overloaded with Biblical symbolism and "angels" depicted as intellectual outsiders with names like "Flower Hercules" and "Cup of Tea". Visually interesting but slow and nearly plotless, with futile attempts at Twin Peaks-like humor.

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