Shotgun Stories (2007)

Feature Film | Drama | USA | English | 1h32m
Dir: Jeff Nichols | Scr: Jeff Nichols | Ph: Adam Stone | Prod: David Gordon Green, Lisa Muskat, & Jeff Nichols | Mus: Lucero & Pyramid | Ed: Steven Gonzales | Snd: Jerry Gilbert | Cast: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Natalie Canerday, Michael Abbott Jr., Travis Smith, Lynsee Provence, David Rhodes

After the death of their estranged father, three disadvantaged brothers from a remote, small town find themselves in the midst of an escalatingly violent feud with the sons of his second family, in Nichols’s sensuous modern-day western. The film’s gentle pacing and quiet lyricism manage to caress the senses throughout, whilst its frequent bursts of violence are handled with sensitivity. The performances are also generally rather good, though some of the casting choices seem (relatively so, anyway) a little too starry and glamorous for the material. However, much of the action verges on poverty porn, leaving behind something of a bad taste.