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October 6, 2022 / barton smock

( words toward film, God’s Country

Director Julian Higgins navigates the difficult and earned God's Country as a map redrawn of a land scarred by permission, sacrifice, and, finally, invitation. Nothing here is god-given- not character, not spirit, not image. Thandiwe Newton is radar and blip, and never fails to locate the strayings of her lived-in living out. What a performance. If fire and flood, here, are the easier answers, then what a mercy that the last scene poses a devastating ask in a new nothingness where the local and the symbolic abandon each other equally.

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