RKS Film: “Montana Story”: Death of a Parent: Been There and Done That

When a parent dies the shit can hit the fan. And when the shit sprays it can be regenerating or it can rip the façade to shreds. I have been there and done that thrice.

Yes in one situation it was a bonding event and in another a rip tide of destruction. Yet within the bonding event a rogue brother and a sister-in-law flashed greed, animosity, jealously and bad childhood memories. You may have experienced this and if not yet the day may come.

In “Montana Story” sister Erin (Haley Lu Richardson) and brother Calvin (Owen Teague) return to Montana to visit their dad who is on life support. Erin and Calvin are so very distant and we learn why. Dad was an asshole. So big of an asshole he managed to shatter the brother and sister bond.

As Dad lies on life support does Calvin becomes a vengeful brother or a possible murderer? Was that a solid beep I heard signalling a natural demise? Did Calvin exact revenge?

Erin can kill chickens but did Calvin kill a human?

So you may not have yet assembled over the death of a parent. Perhaps the shit flies and if not are you burying it or stirring it up?

Perhaps I have said too much and perhaps Mr. T knows all?

I can’t spill all the beans but perhaps dad was a bastard so how do Calvin and Erin process this?

Incredibly beautiful Montana scenery and a rich soundtrack will satisfy you if you have yet to experience a parental death.

A film that resonates at its conclusion. I hate to break it to you but facing a death of a parent this film is prep.

Richardson and Teague deliver despite a weak script. Their talents deserve meatier and more substantial roles.

The film opens throughout Canada on June 17th.

Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel.

RKS Film Rating 86/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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