Small Town Murder Songs – 8

I would coin the term “reality film” for movies like this, except that, fictional as it is, it is so much more real than anything you see on “reality TV.” Peter Stormare’s psychologically chinless small town police chief is as far from a “movie star” as you would want to see on the big screen, yet he holds our attention with his authenticity and how he plays the hand that fate deals him. We are given the back story in dribs and drabs, sort of the way you learn things in real life, so that by film’s end we may not know, or agree on, everything that has happened, but we feel we know the people. And all the other characters are just as real, low-key, and convincing, down to the deputy’s 12-year-old daughter who finds her parents “impossible!”

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