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Don't Tell (Unrated)

Release Date: October 14th, 2005 (NYC-Quad Cinema) by Quantum Entertainment.
The Cast: Alison Eastwood, Bonnie Root, James Wlcek.
Directed by Isaac Eaton.

BASIC PREMISE: After returning to her rural home for her father’s funeral, Rachel (Eastwood) is forced to come to terms with her past while she spends time with her sister Izzy (Root) and their brother Yale (Wlcek), who had run away from home for many years.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This finely-crafted film stars Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Alison in a very emotional performance. She carries the film exceptionally well as Rachel. Likewise, Bonnie Root also gives a good performance as her alcoholic sister as does James Wlcek as well. They play off of each other very well, especially during the many dramatic scenes. The First-Act hooks you right into the rest of the film as their father dies of a heart-attack in a middle of field. Then, as the siblings gather, dark secrets gradually emerge in the Second-Act—especially when their brother Yale surprises them. It is worth mentioning that the cinematography is very impressive during the flashback scenes. There are also beautiful shots of the sky as the sun sets and the golden fields of wheat. Does the weather ever get nasty there? Sounds like a good vacation place. Unfortunately, in the Third-Act, the screenplay is weaker and unsurprising as the secrets are out in the open and the siblings must deal with it. Many of these third-Act scenes seem like they are straight out of a soap opera.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Just like in Where the Truth Lies, the basic message is that the truth often comes back to haunt you in unexpected ways—it is like a demon. It is certainly not easy to face harsh realities, but, ultimately, it is a very cathartic and liberating feeling.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: The Third-Act is dull and unsurprising.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A well-acted film with beautiful cinematography, but it falls apart in the crucial Third-Act. Alison Eastwood shows great promise as a leading actress! Her father should be very proud of her!

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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