Directed by Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs
Produced by David Gordon Green, Lisa Muskat and Jeff Nichols
USA 2007, 92 minutes, Color, 35mm Cinemascope
buckshot blast of American rage, played with the disarmingly placid
inevitability of Greek tragedy. Thesping is pitch-perfect."
--Eddie Cockrell, Variety
--Patrick McGavin, Screendaily
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets
of half brothers following the death of their father.
Son Hayes never speaks of the scars on his back. The men he works
with take bets on how he got them. His brothers, Boy and Kid Hayes,
don't discuss it. His past, just like these scars, is never far
behind him. This stands true for the memory of his father, a man
that never bothered to give his children proper names. He left the
three brothers, Son, Boy and Kid to be raised by their mother, a
hateful woman who blames them for the life she's been left with
and the man she could not keep. Their father managed to move on
and put his life back together. He sobered up, became a Christian,
and fathered four new sons. All of whom received proper names.
At the start of the film, we find Son, Boy and Kid as grown men.
Following a dispute at their father's funeral, a feud begins to
simmer between these sons and their half brothers. It is an anger
that has always rested uncomfortably in the background of their
lives. But now it is a thing that will rise up to overtake them
all. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas,
these brothers discover the lengths to which each will go to protect