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Trying in Vain to Breathe the Fire We Was Born In

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Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in: someone else has made a movie out of Morris County.

Equal parts drama, horror, true-crime anthology, this grim life-cycle piece presents three tales of alienation and woe in suburbia. Starring indie regular Pamela Stewart (100 Proof, Amateur) and TV mainstay Albie Selznick (24, Suddenly Susan) alongside stunning newcomers Alice Cannon and Darcy Miller, Morris County juggles the horrors of human nature against the kind of sadness that cuts deep. In Ellie, we spend one day in the life of a damaged teen-age girl whose reckless behavior hides a grave secret; The Family Rubin finds a seemingly happy couple and their young son, whose questionable lifestyles begin to tear at the seams; and finally, Elmer & Iris explores the life of an elderly couple who prove that love can overcome almost anything, even death. This triptych of suburban decay will leave you questioning just how well you know your neighbors.

Matthew Garrett’s disturbing debut feature recalls the work of fellow New York indie director Douglas Buck (Cutting Moments), exposing suburbia’s dark heart and the self-destructive compulsions that fester there.

Here’s a trailer:

Morris County Movie Trailer

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January 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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