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Northfork (2003)

Northfork

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

July 11, 2003

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

103 min.

Production Budget

$1.9 millions

Studio

Paramount Classics

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Michael Polish

Producer

Michael Polish, Mark Polish

Screenwriter

Michael Polish, Mark Polish

Starring

Story


The year is 1955, and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed", flooded to make way for a new hydroelectric project. The town's rugged plains are going to drown, its Heartland houses will be swept away and its citizen are heading for higher ground. With the exception of a few stoic resistors.

Now a team of six-trench-coated men has been charged with removing the last few stragglers before it is too late. As the Evacuation Committee spreads out across Northfork, they encounter a group of people not quite ready or willing to leave. They are each in limbo. Some are looking for a sign. Others are hoping for a miracle. Yet, one way or another, they will all have to say goodbye.

Among these tenacious individuals are a lustful young couple, a man who has built an Ark (complete with a pair of wives), and a frail orphan whose fevered visions have led him to believe he's the lost member of an ancient herd of roaming Angels calling him home.

Northfork is a beguiling story of loss and resurrection, about adjusting to the strange new places towards which we sometimes find ourselves heading. Blending surreality and history, the film is spun in the manner of an American fairy tale that tackles such themes as land, life, faith, death, the afterlife and the power of dreams with a distinctively playful touch.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..heavy on mood and atmosphere, like an elegy for something lost..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]
“..Not only is the story intensely moving, but the imagery throughout "Northfork" is lovely..”
by Annlee Ellingson [Boxoffice Magazine]
“..Baffling, enticing, and nonsensical..”
by Jamie Russell [BBC Films]