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Fantastic, Gripping Story Beautifully Told

By BigDActor
Written October 27, 2012
It would be wrong to say this movie is about domestic violence, though that is clearly the central issue, and the movie takes an unblinking, unflinching look at it. However, it is also about victory, redemption, love (sometime imperfect), tenacity, family, friendship, and much more. The actors (Beth Grant, Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey, David Steen) soar with the wondeful dialogue by Del Shores, with his infallible ear for Southern cadences. The setting, mostly in a cluttered trailer in Texas, allows you to feel the prison Willadean finds herself in. The hand held camera and "natural" light give it an immediacy that can't be ignored. The music, though original, seems like standards you have heard many times, but powerfully sung by Debby Holliday, transcending the screen and weaving the story together. Do not miss this movie. It is one of the best you will see this year.
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Blues for Willadean

By n2peppers
Written October 28, 2012
I thought the movie was mediocre. The problem is "I too, lived a life very similar to this". Therefore I might be a little more objective than the majority. Reality is worse! It may be disturbing to some, but for me it only scratched the surface. I do think it is a noble attempt to bring the issue of domestic violence to the public. Domestic violence occurs isn't isolated to the poor.
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Another Self-Portrait, from Del Shores

By FunTongue
Written October 27, 2012
Needs more southern-religious ignorance, gay-oppression, and lengthy inner dialogue. ;)
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