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TIFF 2013: Joe

September 12, 2013

directed by David Gordon Green, 2013

Joe

David Gordon Green’s return to the South in Joe represents the director’s oddest and most violent yarn to date. Teaming with Nicholas Cage and the supremely young and talented Tye Sheridan (MudThe Tree of Life), Gordon Green crafts a thorny and vile tale of fathers, sons, friendship, and redemption. Mostly functioning as a spiritual relative to the director’s 2004 film UndertowJoe finds its director backtracking through coming-of-age tropes and jarring portraits of violence. Though it’s at times tonally scattered, Joe manages to leave a lasting mark despite registering as a middling retread in Gordon Green’s filmography.

Read full review at Sound on Sight

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