“…a vivid intensity in the brothers’ central relationship, as well as their somewhat-incestuous relationship…”
There’s a vivid intensity in the brothers’ central relationship, as well as their somewhat-incestuous relationship with the Campbell sisters. If the directors scaled back on the needlessly-complex tale and tightened the reigns, and if screenwriter Michael Arkof sharpened his dialogue (“I’m a deputy, not a vigilante!” Norm yells shrilly, before absconding to his trailer), they may have had something truly special here.
The title of Goetz’ film refers to the often-drastic ways we have to separate ourselves from our loved ones, but also from our past. It certainly succeeds in distancing the sibling duo from their previous sordid effort and finds them in a new, much more interesting territory.
A Violent Separation (2019) Directed by Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz. Starring Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Claire Holt, Ted Levine, Francesca Eastwood, Michael Malarkey, Gerald McRaney.
6 out of 10