Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Thursday To-Do: Argenta Film Series: 'Chrystal'

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The Argenta Film Series screens Chrystal Thursday at 7 p.m. at Argenta Community Theater.
  • The Argenta Film Series screens "Chrystal" Thursday at 7 p.m. at Argenta Community Theater.

7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

This month, the Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series screens "Chrystal," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Lisa Blount and Ray McKinnon, who also wrote and directed the film.

The story concerns a convict who returns to his small hometown after a long stretch in prison, seeking atonement for his past misdeeds. I don't want to give away too much, so I'll just say that it's a beautifully shot film that is strange and strangely affecting. All three stars turn in fine, nuanced performances, particularly Blount, who passed away nearly two years ago.

Her character, despite bleak surroundings and raw deals from life, emanates a damaged backwoods grace. Walton Goggins and Harry Dean Stanton are also enjoyable. The film has also got great music, and it was shot right here in Arkansas, specifically, up in my neck of the woods, outside of Berryville, a.k.a. Burvul.

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