Directed by Josephine Decker • 2014 • United States
Starring Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet
Josephine Decker’s acclaimed sophomore feature unfolds with the lyricism and inexorable sense of tragedy of an Appalachian murder ballad. Indie director Joe Swanberg delivers a beautifully understated performance as Akin, a soft-spoken farmworker who takes a summer job working for the belligerent, domineering Jeremiah (Robert Longstreet). Akin’s presence, and his attraction to Jeremiah’s daughter Sarah (Sophie Traub), soon intrudes dangerously upon the pair’s incestuous isolation. Decker’s vision of paradise lost—dew clinging to a spider’s web, the insistent hum of insects, a young girl writhing on the grass—is unforgettably sensuous and poetic, and seems to echo forth from ages past.