Indie Gems: The Driftless Area

I'm only casually concerned about this dude I pissed off.

Pierre (Anton Yelchin) is stuck in life. He left his small down in Wisconsin for college, then when his parents die he finds himself stuck there again. One day when his car breaks down, he hitches a ride from Shane (John Hawkes) a total douche that tries to steal Pierre's plant that he has with him. Shane kicks him out of his car, and Pierre ends up knocking his ass out with a rock and stealing a bag full of money he had in his truck. Not very smart, but hey, Shane's an asshole. Now he's an asshole that wants revenge. 

It's still hard watching Anton Yelchin on screen. Especially like this, Pierre is so laid back. He's a good looking guy, he's infatuated with his new, mysterious love Stella (Zooey Deschanel) and a great friend to Carrie (Alia Shawkat) and even his reason for stealing this bag of money is kind of justifiable. You can't help but like Pierre, even with the poor judgement and his seemingly lack of concern about it.

The film isn't perfect. It jumps between time and sometimes you're not sure whether or not you're viewing the past or presence. "Driftless" being in the title is accurate, it feels like we drift from scene to scene. There's also a lot of questions I had surrounding Stella that I can't really go into without completely spoiling everything. Regardless, the acting is great the cinematography is stunning. They really found a gorgeous place to shoot this film.

Grade: B-

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "I think you saved my life." - Pierre (Anton Yelchin)


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