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St. Nick2009

  • 3.7
When ST. NICK premiered at SXSW in 2009, it announced the arrival of Dallas-based filmmaker David Lowery as a storyteller and image-maker to watch. An intimate portrait of two young runaways wandering the beautiful and desolate landscape of East Texas, ST. NICK drops us into a lonely world seen through the anxious eyes of a pre-adolescent brother and sister fleeing a situation that the filmmaker never explains but merely suggests in the atmosphere of abandonment. "ST. NICK is like a distended version of my memories of childhood," he told Filmmaker Magazine. Lowery's cinematic landscape recalls the stark beauty of Terrence Malick's early heartland cinema. The vivid performances suggest Francois Truffaut's gift for exploring the lives of troubled children. And the imagery, the tone and the textures he captures all look forward to his second feature, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS. Lowery accomplishes it all with minimal dialogue and a budget of $12,000: "When you're working with a smaller budget… you're able to take chances with style and content." - Sean Axmaker

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"...a consummate, beautifully realized mystery of a film, filled with the joy of filmmaking." - Robert Cumbow, Parallax View


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A bleak film that leaves a great deal to interpretation and the viewer's imagination. Even the mystery of the title, "St. Nick", is never revealed. It stands as one of those pieces of film making that is haunting and satisfying in a way that will make the viewer think about what exactly happened, what the untold story is, what drives the desperation and desire. Intriguing stuff with great acting and direction.

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A bleak film that leaves a great deal to interpretation and the viewer's imagination. Even the mystery of the title, "St. Nick", is never revealed. It stands as one of those pieces of film making that is haunting and satisfying in a way that will make the viewer think about what exactly happened, what the untold story is, what drives the desperation and desire. Intriguing stuff with great acting and direction.

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While I understand and appreciate the quietness and intentions presumably behind the long periods with little to no action or sound, this film dragged on and the least satisfying part was the fact that we never learn the characters' motivations for running away from home. With at least a little insight to that, it would have been much more relatable.

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I love films about kids but there isn't much happening here on any level. Might be satisfying for those who romanticize abandoned houses in Texas.

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beautiful film_the kids are wonderful & great