Disappearances

Disappearances

DVD - 2007 | Anamorphic widescreen edition.
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Forced to smuggle whiskey in an attempt to save his family, Quebec Bill and his son embark on a spellbinding and unforgettable trip. This treacherous journey through the wilderness will lead them to discover a haunted and elusive past.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Screen Media Films, [2007]
Edition: Anamorphic widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD DIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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BertBailey
Apr 09, 2013

Directed by Jay Craven and starring Kris Kristofferson and Genevieve Bujold, this was an oddly enchanting film: both a Depression-era whisky-smuggling caper and a mythical tale about strong, legendary pioneering types harking back to frontier-like days when family was everything. Everything that can go wrong with the smuggling does, being so badly run, after which the gang we're partial to finds it hard to put down a rival smuggler bent on revenge. Kristofferson is at his best here, showing the usual crustiness but tempered by a script full of paradox and the fresh and unexpected: his part glows with feeling for the family for whom, as a graying man, he goes on this youthful rampage. There isn't much that's truly magnificent about this film, and plenty of it's puzzling: some parts may become fathomable after more viewings, or one may end up finding them just incoherent. However that pans out, it's a tale with a big heart: life-affirming, and it succeeds nearly throughout its duration. The accompanying features say it was a hard film to make, on an uncertain and very low budget. I thought it was time well spent.

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