THE EVENING HOUR
Braden King’s Appalachia-set drama is a soulful look at a nursing home aide and part-time drug dealer whose carefully balanced life is upended by the return of a childhood friend.
Like many American mining towns, the small West Virginia community where Cole Freeman (Philip Ettinger) makes his home has fallen on hard times. Good-natured nursing home aide Cole witnesses the pain of his friends and neighbors every day and believes that his side-hustle of illegally pawning prescription painkillers provides a net good, bringing some relief to the suffering while keeping them out of the paws of the town’s less empathetic drug kingpin (Marc Menchaca). But his careful equilibrium threatens to collapse when childhood friend Terry (Cosmo Jarvis) returns to town with aspirations of turning Cole’s modest business into something more profitable. Adapted by screenwriter Elizabeth Palmore from the 2012 novel by Carter Sickels, THE EVENING HOUR is memorably brought to the screen with atmospheric imagery by cinematographer Declan Quinn (SYLVIE’S LOVE, PFF29) and a stirring soundtrack. Elegiac and compassionate, the film hauntingly captures the desperation of opioid addiction and rural poverty, yet never loses sight of the hope for redemption.
CAST: Philip Ettinger, Stacy Martin, Cosmo Jarvis, Kerry Bishé
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