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Somewhere out West, 1906: Being caught in a marriage out of necessity
rather than anything else, Mary (Katy Wilson) and Jonathan (John Wilkins
III) still try to make the best of it - but basically they live in the
middle of nowhere, and their lives have become nothing more than boring
routine ... routine that's challenged by Juliette (Paula Black), who has
lost her husband coming out West and now needs help to bury him. Mary and
Jonathan invite her to stay the night - a night that brings pleasant
change for the couple, but also finds them confronted with the ghosts of
their own past. The next day though, Juliette is gone, and Mary refuses to
believe she has taken off just like that - but pressing on the subject
might dig up some answers she could have done without ...
Now this is probably the most extentialist western ever: Here,
the frontier is not the Promised Land as shown in most genre entries but a
land of death and grief, shrouded in eternal darkness, where the
distinction between the living and ghosts of the deceased is but fleeting,
and hope is hard to come by. That all said, the movie's certainly more
than just doom and gloom, as interesting images and a cinematic language
that often borders the experimental get the most out of the film's dire
premise, both visually and emotionally, while restrained performances by
the small ensemble sure suit the movie well, and as a result, this has
become quite an unusual but definitely worthwhile experience.