Little Accidents (2014)

Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: s Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, and Josh Lucas .USA. 1h 45m

Whenever there is a massive tragedy with one single survivor, there are bound to be many questions, and this is one of the driving forces behind Sara Colangelo’s, slow paced melodrama, surrounding a gigantic and very tragic accident in a small mining community, the survivors struggle to carry on and support each other, after the fatal accident which sets off a chain reaction of misfortune involving the most Survivor, the mining Executives guilt stricken, lonely wife, and a teenage boy with blood on his hands.

Would anyone be trying to hurt the family??

– Police Chief

Picking up the narrative after the event doesn’t give the audience much time to see how much life has changed, But it doesn’t take a genius to work out just how devastating losing an entire mining workforce has been for this town. There are no more happy faces anymore and life just isn’t ever going to be the same especially after questions are puzzled over and people are challenged. Fingers are pointed, guilt and blame are thickly painted over all the characters.

So what’s going on here? Basically after the mining accident, the one single survivor, is dealing with the guilt of surviving, as well as not being able to answer any questions about what happened, The powers that be, the corporate office types, also have no answers for the press And the families of the dead men. But when the son of the top executive goes missing it’s assumed that some kind of retribution has been paid. The kid is having some of the local bulshit, he doesn’t know what happened but his aggressiveness in response to what’s going on led to an altercation. After all, he is going to school with the children of the men that his father was responsible for, and we all know that children can’t always control their anger.

Apart from not knowing what actually did go on in the mine, Sara is more content to push her sluggish movie in the direction of the psychology classroom, As a movie becomes a sobering study in how our people deal with grief, and possibly in the worst ways, their dark spiral into depression, untimely affairs, and a host of vices is almost hypnotic to watch. for a debut film Sara has done an amazing job with film in both the cinematography department and the filming are spot-on, The choice of cast fits the the fil like a glove, there’s something about Boyd Holbrook which screams mining town guy who’s not all that bad, and Litter Jacob Lofland is still pulling of the little lad with a heart of gold, something he perfected in Mud (2013). She’s managed to create a complex and compelling storytelling style with an adept cast that help her in detailing the choppy depths to the human condition. This powerful movie lives up to its short movie predecessor, as it elevates itself in a highly intelligent way.

Basil passes away scene…

While this isn’t a happy movie there’s a touch of something morbid beautiful in the little down, an insight that will allow viewers to get their teeth into many rhetorical questions, however even with the brilliant acting, he stylish filming techniques and the tremendous effort it still feels as if something is slightly amiss with the movie, but that doesn’t stop it from being incredibly watchable, something to remind us that cinema is also here to ask these awkward questions, not necessarily about accidents but those mistakes we make in trying to get back on track.

Rating: 4/10


Related: An American Woman (2018), Into the Furnace (2013), Winter’s Bone (2010) A Single Shot (2013), Dark Place(2018)
Lists: Mining Towns
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