What’s incredible about writer-director Kyle Thomas’ Range Roads is just how mature it is for a film of its ilk.
It keeps its scrappy indie sensibilities while managing to pull viewers in and give characters huge depth. The Canadian Film Fest film is a triumph, and one I pray people don’t sleep on.
The family drama centers on Frankie, who is lured back to her childhood small town and everything she left behind after her estranged parents die in a tragic car crash.
She’s conflicted and faces scrutiny from family and friends alike as to whether she should even be there. It becomes obvious early on there’s no love lost between Frankie and her deceased parents, but she feels an obligation to be there for her brother and his family.
The actress must juggle her professional obligations with the need to properly process and mourn the unexpected events.
I’ll be entirely honest – If you’re looking for showy and extravagant sequences full of huge penance speeches, they won’t come. That’s not how the real world works. And that’s what I loved most about Thomas’s work here – it wasn’t cinematic. It was honest.
Alana Hawley Purvis is truly remarkable as the struggle Frankie, and with country star Chad Brownlee and Joe Perry playing her brother, the performances really do make this one.
It will play at the Calgary Underground Film Festival this weekend, and you simply have to check it out.