"Bizarre, Pointless and Incestuous"
REDLAND is one of the more bizarre character studies to come along the silver screen in years. The story follows a backwoods family in Northern California struggling to survive and find food during the Great Depression.
The movie opens with a young, rural woman, Mary-Ann, rolling around in the grass. She cries in pain as she punches her stomach repeatedly, creating a self-induced abortion. Her father finds her in the field, lying in her bloodstained dress. He storms off in a rage.
That night in the cabin, Mary-Ann’s father is asking his wife and their sons if anyone has seen any men lurking about and spending time with Mary-Ann. The only person anyone can think of is Charlie Mills, a boy from the closest town who comes by to go hunting with the boys.
As the family’s food supply reaches a critical low, Mary-Ann’s father, her brother Job and Charlie Mills set off on a hunting expedition, leaving Mary-Ann at home with her ill mother and youngest brother. Mary-Ann’s father is nothing but suspicious of Charlie, that he has stolen his daughter’s honor. Then, while on the hunting trip, the father shoots Charlie, claiming to his son it was an accidental misfire.
Back home, Mary-Ann’s mother dies of illness and starvation. Soon after her father and brother Job return, Mary-Ann assumes the role of mother of the house, which includes carrying out an incestuous affair with her father and carrying his child.
REDLAND is a bizarre, disturbing movie. While other critics have praised this festival-released project with phrases such as, “tough and lyrical,” (Filmmaker Magazine) “poetic and shockingly beautiful” (Jane Campion, director), “the most impressive festival debut in years” (Montreal Gazette), and “utterly gorgeous” (film.com), MOVIEGUIDE® recognizes this movie for what it truly is – a twisted, abhorrent tale of incest, murder and pro-abortion paganism with no redeemable content whatsoever. Media-wise audiences definitely will want to ignore REDLAND and leave it in the back woods, where it belongs.
(PaPaPa, AbAb, B, C, LL, VV, SSS, NNN, DD, MM) Very strong, slightly mixed pagan worldview with no redeemable content whatsoever, graphic self-induced abortion scene, woman says she is praying for her boys and a portion of the Lord’s Prayer is heard; 14 obscenities and four profanities, plus man shown urinating; strong violence includes graphic opening scene of girl punching her stomach in order to self-induce an abortion with blood pouring out of the bottom of a her dress, mother slaps daughter and punches her, farm animals and deer slaughtered for food, man is shot and left for dead, mother dies, father slaps son; very strong sexual content and immorality depicted fornication, unmarried kissing, implied fornication, young woman gratifies herself by writhing on a tree trunk, depicted incest between a father and his daughter after the mother dies, and girl is impregnated by her father; extreme nudity includes full female nudity, upper female nudity, rear female nudity, rear male nudity, upper male nudity; no alcohol; family picks mushrooms that cause hallucinations and sickness; and, lying and incest.
REDLAND is a bizarre, abhorrent independent movie. The story follows a backwoods family in Northern California struggling to survive and find food during the Great Depression. It opens with a young, rural woman, Mary-Ann, inducing her own abortion. That night in the cabin, Mary-Ann’s father asks his wife and their sons if anyone has seen any men spending time with Mary-Ann. The only person anyone can think of is Charlie Mills, a nearby boy who goes hunting with the boys. The father becomes highly suspicious of Charlie. While on a hunting trip, he shoots Charlie to death, claiming it was an accidental misfire. Meanwhile, back home, the mother dies, leaving Mary-Ann to assume the role of mother for the household. A disturbing conclusion ensues.
REDLAND is a twisted, abhorrent tale of incest, murder and pro-abortion paganism. It has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. In fact, it’s one of the worst, most bizarre movies to come along in years. Media-wise audiences definitely will want to ignore REDLAND and leave it in the back woods, where it belongs. For much better, more worthwhile family movies and movies for mature viewers, please visit Movieguide.org.