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The Cold Lands2013

  • 4.1
When his fiercely self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, eleven-year-old Atticus is wary of the authorities and flees deep into the forests of his Catskills home. His sheltered, off-the-grid childhood is over, and a new life on the move has begun. As Atticus wanders the woods in a daze, relying on whatever food and shelter he can find, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur. When he encounters Carter, a scruffy, pot smoking drifter who lives out of his car and sells necklaces at music festivals, Atticus latches on. The two form a wary alliance, and as their dependence upon each other grows, neither is quite sure he is making the right decision.

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This small film slowly, quietly plays out a coming of age tale that will stay in your mind. I would like to see more films made like this. It is well acted, Silas Yelich as 11 year old Atticus carries his part very well. Beautiful locations. A great quiet night film or with the family...

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This small film slowly, quietly plays out a coming of age tale that will stay in your mind. I would like to see more films made like this. It is well acted, Silas Yelich as 11 year old Atticus carries his part very well. Beautiful locations. A great quiet night film or with the family...

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After losing his mother, an intuitive eleven-year-old pushes through a web of trees and fallen leaves as he abandons the notion of co-dependence in favor of mud-caked self-preservation. Director Tom Gilroy tries his best to muscle out some David Gordon Green vibes, but ends up meandering in the fog of something too grandiose for his skill set.

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A pleasant yet sad film to watch. It moves very slowly but with purpose; each scene has its part to play and is not wasted. A bit anticlimactic at times but still the message of happiness and what it means to a person is a constant theme throughout and helps carry the narrative at its sluggish points. With that said, this film's narrative is multilayered and the acting superb. I'm sure after watching this a second or third time new meanings will arise. Bravo!

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One of the finest I've seen in a long time !

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Great cinematography and plot writing. I would recommend to anyone

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i almost gave up on this a few times but the kid_Silas is great and it has some really good moments_so yeah it's worth while

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Really heavy, imo. A good film.

Enjoyable odyssey without a known end.

enjoyed it, very good film

Powerful story and beautifully filmed.

Great story. Recommend for others to watch.