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- Premieres on the Sundance Channel on April 22, 2013. - Created by Ray McKinnon (Reverend Smith in Deadwood), director of Chrystal (2004). - Stars Aden Young, who I've never seen before. In fact, the only member of the cast I recognize at the moment is Adelaide Clemens who was just Ms. Wannop in Parade's End. Synopsis: One of this season’s most highly anticipated scripted dramas, Rectify revolves around Daniel Holden (played by Aden Young) who is released after nearly 20 years of complete isolation on death row. He returns as an outsider to his family, to his community, and to the times. Somehow, he survived the mental and emotional strain of his imprisonment, but now the walls have suddenly come crumbling down and Daniel is set free in a world he no longer understands. He’s an outsider, lost in a once familiar world, struggling to navigate his newfound freedom. Combined with two decades of technological and social changes to his small town and the larger world, everything he encounters is a puzzle.
One of my most favorite movies, not only because of the beautiful concepts of love and self sacrifice and redemption explored but also because it is a movie soaked in the South. You can hear the whippoorwills singing in the trees, and the smell of deep fried everything wafting on the wind. It's very Ozarks, much like Winter's Bone, with all the charm and brokenness that comes with living in a rural southern community. And then there's the music. Not since O Brother Where Art Thou has such a love for southern music been shown. The kind of banjo picking, yodelling, one voice singing music that makes you think of front porches and old men with ancient knowledge. It was one of the movies to pave a way for really strong southern soundtracks. And Lisa Blount's voice alone is enough of a reason to watch this movie. Thematically it follows Billy Bob Thornton as Joe, a man convicted of murder after killing his son and injuring his wife in a drunk driving accident. After 16 years in jail he returns to the town, seeking forgiveness, redemption and a chance to start over. Old demons pop up in the form of former accomplice and drug runner Snake (Ray Mckinnon), who is out for revenge for old mistakes, and in the form of his wife herself who is disabled and crippled by the injuries he caused. Atmospherically beautiful, and authentic, thematically touching and powerful, emotionally riveting...Chrystal is true southern gothic at its best. One of my most favorite movies, and I believe, worth discussing at A&F