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Cast: Novella Dean, Stephen Jackson, Starina Johnson, Dale Rainey Katie Groshong
Every childhood is normal...to the child who lives it. For Meredith that means an enchanted seclusion that is shattered when she is deprived of her mother. Desperate and alone, Meredith must join a household with other women and their children, a sinister man who controls every facet of her existence, and a vicious bear that only she can see.
Meredith has been held captive by the man all her life, when she was younger she had her mother with her but since her mom is gone she lives with two other women and the now older man in seclusion. The man seems to have the girls under his spell by telling them that leaving him is an option because the world outside is a dangerous place but he does allow the girl to go out on occasion to do a few chores like collect rain water.
While the other two young ladies seem content with their lives Meredith keeps thinking about one day escaping from the old man and the man that comes to her, a bear no one else sees.
"A Measure Of The Sin" is a unique film, it is a very different kind of Indie/Arthouse film. To talk too much about the story would only ruin it for those wanting to see the film but I will tell you that the plot is simple on paper but on film it is an intelligent, clever and engaging film that draws you in right from the start. Meredith provides the voiceover so there is very little talking in the movie but the narration works great for this film.
The story has a fairy tale like feel though a dark and grim one, it is also told in a poetic and mesmerizing way. As disturbing as the story is you still cannot take your eyes off it. I never read into films before I review them but this is one that caught me off guard, I am not sure what I was expecting but I know it was not what I got. "A Measure Of The Sin" is a creative and original film that immediately gets inside your head and it stays there long after the film is over.
Shot on Super 16mm film which really helps in setting the mood and atmosphere. Everything else about the film including the sound was all terrific as well. And finally the cast, everyone in the film did an amazing job but the stand-out performance belongs to Katie Groshong who played Meredith. I have not seen a performance this incredible in some time.
This is not going to be a film for everyone but if you like a Indie film then I highly recommend checking it out, it's a film all lovers of cinema should see.
Available now on Limited Edition DVD with Special Features that include:
Short Film "Grace- The Diary of a Coma Patient
You can order the DVD HERE.
Released by BrinkVision
***** Out Of *****