Wildland ★★★★

AFI 2020: film #16

“but for some people things go wrong before they even begin”

finished the fest with less films than planned but glad to be ending on this, bleak as it is. a subtle examination of complex family dynamics, the loyalty we’re born with even when it’s not familiar, even when it’s wrong. i was always invested in it here, the push and pull of the family business intertwined with their personal lives and driving their every move, both the good and the bad. by the final scene it’s a clear portrait of devotion in the blood and how sometimes you can’t buy (or cut ties with) a bond that strong

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