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This is genuinely one of the most gripping films I've seen. Let's start with the sheer artistry behind the camera - every scene is so gorgeous and full of color. It sets the mood and transports the viewer right into the story. Incredible.
And the plot? I won't ruin it, but I will say it left me wanting more. It made me say "WOW!" out loud and now I can't wait to go back and watch again to see what foreshadowing I've missed.
The cast was expertly chosen. Everyone was perfect and embodied their roles - you could tell that this was more than a movie; it was a script they truly believed in.
Extremely pleasant experience and I recommend this to anyone who's looking to get some art outside of the action-packed, same-plotline-again-and-again Hollywood drama. You won't be sorry.
I do not want to love Among Mountain Crags, but having watched it and enjoyed every beautiful bit of scenery the mountains of North Carolina and West Virginia could provide it is impossible to not rate this hidden gem highly. The contrast between scenery and the plot exemplify the heart of the story. Many parts of the story are left unsaid, perhaps because we are all intelligent to fill in plausible details among our own experience. Those holes do not detract from the key distress that brings about the final conflicts in the crags of loss and deprivation. The attention to detail in Among Mountain Crags is incredible for this initial effort by the Frederick sisters. I cannot wait for their next triumph in independent film making. The story is one we have heard before so what makes this one special is the way it is told. Identifying the experiences both good and bad that made each character act as they do, rolled out like the fog moving in valley. In the end, I understood why most of what little action we see transcribes as many parts of this story will be sadly all to familiar. The details from the opening song foreshadow well what we are about to experience and every step down the trail is masterfully tied to the ones before. And while the simple plot appears clear, the details are incredibly more complex. So this a solidly above average movie getting an extra star from me for being independent, refreshing, and an amazing effort. I thank Amazon Prime for including this gem that hopefully enough viewing to lead to another movie from this team!
The camera brings you shot after shot of what I believe are the Great Smoky Mountains (really made me want to drive from Michigan to feel the "smoke" blow off of the mountains).
The composition of the music was intimate and connected, it did not push or pull the story, rather it danced with it as a great wine would interact with a well cooked meal. In some scenes, the music swelled with your emotions while at other times it kept you grounded.
The characters and story are what really sold me on the film. The mood and story create an eerie feeling that fought violently, in the pit of my stomach, against a feeling of peace and tranquility created from "Coralie's" grace and resplendence.
The film is a refreshing change of pace that feels more at home with European titles by Godard or Dreyer than it does next to the sloppy, capitalistic re-runs of today.
Ok... I can't pull any punches on this one. I feel very ripped off. Nothing NEW in this movie whatsoever.... so disappointing. Seems like just about everyone and anyone believes they are going to "break new ground" and we should trust them because they managed to put together just enough money to rent decent gear? Wow.
No character development...no new ideas here...not even the barebones of a back story to help viewers care... a complete waste of time, energy, data... all of it.
It would be so easy to make a great film by adding a few ideas here and there and taking out a lot of the b.s. Here is another reason I will be soon leaving Amazon Prime... idiocy like this film , and no one truthfully warns about it... just a lot of fluff posts boosting the stars, luring us in.
REALLY... who says you should make a film, just because you can? And as the years go by, I am fearful that more and more of the choices will be similar... This is a film you will forget as soon as you watch it, you will wonder how you can get the hours back... and there is absolutely no redemptive value about having watched it... The people who made this cannot come up with an original idea....It has been done a thousand times...here is just one more. I sincerely hope they give up filmmaking. Yep... i said that.
Lastly, I hope you fully disagree with me! I hope seeing this film changes your life i na good way! I sure do! I would love to be wrong... not.
A masterful first effort by filmmaker Kyle Frederick with beautiful scenery and an evocative score. Erin Frederick is luminous as the stoic "Coralie." Hunter Hutcheson "Willie" is a revelation in a storyline that begins gently and then swerves. A must see.
Erin and Hunter bring their characters to life in unspeakably, and sometimes heartbreakingly, beautiful ways. Watching this was like watching a painting -- the scenery of Appalachia is breathtaking and the backdrop makes you feel every emotion more deeply. Eerie and ethereal -- a beautiful film with compelling storytelling