The Woodsman

Starring: Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon Director: Nicole Kassell  Rated: R: Restricted
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
    • Subtitles - French - Optional

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 12/24/2004
"THE WOODSMAN is worth seeing for Bacon's lived-in minimalist purgatory..."
New York Times - 12/24/2004
"[Mr. Bacon gives a] complex, unsettling performance, a reminder of the power of screen acting to illuminate even the darkest of souls..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/24/2004
"Def gives a wonderfully insinuating performance."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 12/01/2004
"Both actors honor the complexities of very difficult characters."
Rolling Stone - 01/27/2005
"[Bacon] has found the role of his career. He makes THE WOODSMAN impossible to shake."
Uncut - 03/01/2005
"Bacon's performance is unsettling and complex....This is a bold, uncomfortable piece of cinema."
Uncut - 01/01/2006
Ranked #13 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Incendiary and uncompromising full length feature debut....Fearless."

Product Description:

With a 12-year prison stretch reaching an end, convicted pedophile Walter (Kevin Bacon) faces an uncertain walk back into the free world in THE WOODSMAN. Attempting to keep his previous indiscretions sheltered from prying eyes, Walter tries to piece together his shattered life by finding a job and an apartment. The first task is relatively simple, with the ex-con finding employment at a lumberyard thanks to his natural talent for woodcraft. An apartment comes less easily, but Walter manages to secure a roof over his head in a building, which--in a cruel twist of irony--is located opposite an elementary school. Walter's brother-in-law Carlos (Benjamin Bratt) remains the only member of his family willing to keep in contact with him; his sister refuses all communication. Meanwhile, Sgt. Lucas (Mos Def) keeps a watchful eye over Walter's activities, while Walter makes faltering strides towards romance with his tough-as-nails co-worker, Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick). But as wary neighbors steel worried glances and make small-town gossip about him, Walter finds it inordinately difficult to keep his past life a secret. For this reformed character, the path to redemption comes strewn with cracked paving stones, which need to be carefully navigated with every tentative step he takes.

The sensitivity with which the material in THE WOODSMAN is executed derives from a potent mix of intelligently written source material, wonderful performances (with Bacon in particular putting in a career-defining turn), and an authoritative vision from director Nicole Kassell (THE GREEN HOUR). At the heart of the movie lies a desolate character, guilty of a crime shrouded in taboo, but hoping against all reason that society will accord him a modicum of absolution. A fascinating portrait of a life caught in a state of perpetual turmoil, this is an audacious second feature from Kassell.

Plot Keywords:

Crime | Criminals | Prison | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • THEATRICAL RELEASE: DECEMBER 24, 2004 (LIMITED)

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  • Sales Rank: 20,670
  • UPC: 043396110014
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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