Friday, November 09, 2007


When a Man Falls in the Forest
Ryan Eslinger, USA, 2007, 90 min.
Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Saint Louis Art Museum

This elliptical, quietly powerful drama follows four unlikely heroes – three men and one woman – as they struggle to make sense of their lives. Bill (Dylan Baker) has never been able to interact normally with others, living in self-imposed exile in a secret world where his dreams offer the only escape. Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) is able to reach out to others but bears the guilt for a terrible tragedy. Karen (Sharon Stone), frustrated with her marriage, finds salvation in forbidden thrills, finding empowerment in breaking taboos. Linking them all is Gary (Timothy Hutton), who’s desperate to make a connection, to bridge the gulfs between them. In one defining moment, he makes a startling and irreversible decision that transforms all their lives.

Director Eslinger, a St. Louis native, will attend.

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