(15+) US. Val Kilmer, Hilary Duff, Kris Kristofferson
Adapted from the William Gay novel Provinces of Night, this movie follows EF Bloodworth, the talented country singer who never quite made it, as he returns to his estranged family after 40 years. Upon his return there is much hostility from his sons, although he finds solace in his estranged grandson, Fleming, an aspiring writer whose ambition is the source of much bitterness from his backward father and sour uncles.
Featuring music produced by Golden Globe winner T Bone Burnett, Bloodworth is a cinematic journey through the backwoods of Tennessee, the tranquility of a slow-paced town juxtaposed with the mayhem of the Bloodworth family. However, the poignant cinematography proves to be vital: it helps to mask the narrative, which in places lacks substance. The skilfully lived-in performances of Kristofferson and Kilmer convey the complex relationships of a hillbilly family, but their work is let down by the film’s abrupt and ineffectual ending.