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Small Town Murder Songs (2010)

A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.

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Rita
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Ava
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Walter
Vladimir Bondarenko ...
Deacon
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Steve (as Eric McIntyre)
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Sam
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Jim
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Washington
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Officer Kevin
Erin Brandenburg ...
Officer Michelle
Kat Germain ...
Jenny
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Deb
Andrew Penner ...
Worker 1
Alan Penner ...
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John Penner ...
John Penner
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Walter is the chief of police in a small Ontario town that has its first murder victim, an attractive young woman who is found naked on the shores of the nearby lake. The woman isn't local and while the Ontario Provincial Police have taken the lead in the investigation, Walter assists where he can. The town is mostly a close-knit Mennonite community and Walter has recently returned to his church. He is also trying to deal with his own temper that led to a violent incident some months before. As the young woman is identified, it becomes apparent that Walter's former love interest may be lying. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence, disturbing images, a scene of sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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22 September 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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Small Town Murder Scenes  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,825 (USA) (3 June 2011)

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$30,858 (USA) (14 August 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Jackie Burroughs final film. See more »

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The lights on Walter's squad car are not flashing as he walks towards Steve's truck after pulling him over for speeding. When Walter walks back to his car after writing the ticket, the lights are flashing. See more »

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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Written and Performed by Bruce Peninsula
Produced by Leon Laheny and Bruce Peninsula
Published by Bruce Peninsula
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Disjointed, uneven
26 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To be fair, the director set himself up with a task that was going to undermine him. This is the story of a severely bottled-up individual who has a history of rage and violence, who has separated himself from larger society both because he can't trust himself and they know they can't trust him either. But to play such a character means going inward so much that it doesn't give the viewer a whole lot to look at. There are long stretches of this short movie where we see the protagonist simply frozen with his own torment.

The standout performance here is by Jill Hennessey, who conveys such resentment and antipathy toward the protagonist that it practically jumps off the screen. Every frame she's in the movie becomes compelling. If there had been more done with the back story between these two it might have made for a more interesting story.

Regarding the music - this kind of new-gospel is not to my taste, but even if it were, the fact that it's amped-up so loud compared to the rest of the film, where the characters barely speak above a whisper, is completely off-putting. What is supposed to add emotional and spiritual impact ends up just sounding bombastic. I felt aurally mugged.


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