BY JUSTIN STROUT – Orlando Weekly, Film Critic
UCFâ€™s Danny Daneau makes his feature directorial debut in this haunting mood piece about a brother and sister who are left by their parents to tend to the familyâ€™s farm in the 19th-century West. Tethered to isolation by the vast mountain range before them, they discover the horrors a mind can play when left to its own devices, and the deeper disquiet of timeâ€™s passage. Daneau couldnâ€™t have chosen a tougher platform for his first time out, asking very young actors to command the screen alone for the filmâ€™s entirety with sparse dialogue and action. As the children, Madison Davenport (Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl) and Jake Johnson are as stiff as Daneauâ€™s technique, but nothing in the movie is devoid of promising qualities. There are moments of genuine intensity, born out of Atticâ€™s bold silence, and
Susie Benchâ€™s (correction – Kristin Ã˜hrn Dyrud) mournful score is a standout. Now that heâ€™s worked out some kinks, look for Daneau to progress even further on his next outing.
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