A uniquely delicate and moving road movie, BARKING WATER uses the ruggedly beautiful backdrop of rural Oklahoma to tell the story of Frankie (Richard Ray Whitman), a proud Native American attempting to reconnect with his estranged family. Released from the hospital but still very ill, he hits the road with his ex-lover Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek), who acts as Frankie's nurse but refuses to offer forgiveness for his past indiscretions. As they travel through the sun-dappled country, they encounter various eccentric personalities, from his motor-mouthed nephews and doting son to a philosophical pot-smoking loner, offering a panorama of Oklahoman life. But his journey really begins when he reunites with his daughter and finally meets her newborn child. With its nuanced vision of Native American life, its rich, pastoral cinematography and the deeply felt performances of Whitman and Camp-Horinek, director Sterlin Harjo has created a film that cements his place as one of the vital voices in American Independent cinema today.
Cast & Crew
- Isabel Archuleta - Nurse
- Zoe Ballentine - Frankie's Daughter
- Casey Camp-Horinek - Irene
- Lori Lynne Cross - Nurse Crossing Hall
- Fiawna Forte - Sara
- Marcus Frejo - Nephew
- Beau Harjo - Hospital Janitor
- Nan Harjo - Other Woman 1
- David Hill - Man at Gas Station
- Portlyn Houghton-Harjo - Girl
- Seth Kozak - Doctor in Hall
- Jon Proudstar - Roger
- Aaron Riggs - Elvis
- Laura Spencer - Wendy
- Richard Ray Whitman - Frankie
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Good Movie loved the scenry and how the cople interacted after all the time apart.
A beautiful moving elegiac reflection on life,reconciliation, loss and the regrets that, sadly enough, often accompany it.
Another solid Sterlin Harjo joint that is full of Native American humor and existential themes. Breakout performances by Ryan Redcorn and Marcus Frejo.