Director: Andrew Douglas
Publisher: Image Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Cast: Jim White, Harry Crews, Johnny Dowd, Lee Sexton
A Review by John Nesbit
... but for the most part you'll see the real deal�vignettes of Southerners and authentic rural songs imitated in the Coen brothers' popular film. Perhaps only a European could fashion such a southern gothic mix of church people, tattooed bar patrons, laborers, and prisoners against a backdrop of swamps, mountains, and juke joints. This won't be as widely watched as Douglas' dreadful The Amityville Horror, but this debut feature is a much stronger film that deserves recognition.
The idea for the film was sparked when Douglas first heard alt-country singer Jim White's debut album The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus. Douglas contacted the singer to find out where this music came from, and White agreed to act as back roads tour guide for his adopted region�you just don't get the �real South� by traveling the Interstate.
Realizing that Southerners will never open their hearts if you drive up in a Lexus, White commandeers a battered �Dukes of Hazard� style 1970 Chevy for the road trip, weaving entertaining axioms and anecdotes along the way�from the Louisiana bayou to the mountains of Kentucky and Virginia. Growing up in northern Florida, White left to explore the world only to discover how much he loved and missed the region while in Amsterdam. Thus, he serves as an excellent guide�a man who truly appreciates its quirkiness and keenly observes the region from a �foreign� viewpoint. He loves the old junkyards and stops to buy a Jesus statue for $65 that sticks out of the trunk until the last frame of the film. MORE>
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