“I’m too quick for ya, old lady.”
Lonely widow Mattie Siles (Dana Preu) falls for sweet-talking Trax (David Peck), who wants her money to build himself a still. When his moonshine operation becomes successful, he starts running around with other women — but when he brings Gal Young ‘Un (J. Smith-Cameron) home to live with them, Mattie plots her revenge.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “absorbing low-budget independent film” by Victor Nunez (director of Ruby in Paradise and Ulee’s Gold) is “poignant yet unsentimental”. Based on a short story by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the plot builds slowly but surely; by the end, we’re completely invested in what happens to Mattie, and rooting for her all the way. Preu (who only performed in one other film) is wonderfully natural, and Smith-Cameron does a fine job as the meek Gal Young “Un, who simply wants Mattie — or somebody — to like her.
- Dana Preu as Mattie
- Smith-Cameron as Gal Young ‘Un
- Mattie’s revenge
- The surprise ending
No, but it’s highly recommended.