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The Woodsman - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

ONE of many films to have caught the eye at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to reports, was The Woodsman, starring husband and wife duo, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

The film tells the story of Walter (Bacon), a convicted sexual abuser of little girls, as he attempts to rebuild his life after being released from a decade in prison.

Getting a job working in a lumberyard, he then starts a sweet romance with a woman he meets, named Vickie (Sedgwick).

The film marks the screen-writing debut of Steven Fechter, on whose play it is based, and first-time director, Nicole Kassell, and is said to tackle the issues of how a man can overcome his attraction to young girls, and how he attempts to cure himself of his obsession and rebuild his life, after being branded a paedophile.

The Sundance website claims that ‘director, Nicole Kassell's astonishing first feature… handles this contentious subject with confidence, precision, and optimism’.

It adds that the director ‘beautifully visualizes her tender and meticulously crafted script while eliciting fantastic performances from her talented cast’.

"Brave, thoroughly confident, and accomplished, The Woodsman demonstrates a mastery that is astounding for a first effort," it concludes.

The film co-stars Benjamin Bratt, as Walter’s brother-in-law, who welcomes him back with open arms; Mary Kay, as the woodyard secretary who must keep a watchful eye over her new worker, and Mos Def, as a detective assigned to monitor Walter’s progress.

It received its world premiere at Sundance, where it was entered in the dramatic competition, and was one of the hottest tickets of the event - always a strong indicator of the films to look out for in the coming year.

The film is being distributed by Lee Daniels Entertainment, the production company behind the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

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