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Laramie Movie Scope:
Angels Crest

A small slice out of life from the menu of tragedies

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by Patrick Ivers, Film Critic
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(2011) On a snowy morning, Ethan Denton (Thomas Dekker), a young single father, takes his three-year-old son Nate (Ameko Eks Mass Carroll) out for a drive into the Canadian woods outside Angels Crest. Before getting out of the pickup truck, Ethan decides not to wake his son, asleep in the car seat, then locks the doors to track a deer and take in the beauty and grandeur of the wintry scenery.

Return after about a quarter of an hour, he finds Nate's missing. Weather conditions deteriorate into a blizzard. After a futile search on his own, he calls his best friend Rusty (Joseph Morgan), who doesn't answer. A search party organized by the police fails to turn up the child before dark.

At dawn Ethan discovers Nate's frozen body. The boy's mother, Cindy Mills (Lynn Collins), a waitress at Angie's diner, becomes hysterical upon hearing the news. The district attorney, Jack Craft (Jeremy Piven), charges Ethan with criminal negligence.

Director Gaby Dellal serves up a small slice out of life from the menu tragedies - screenplay by Catherine Trieschmann based on Leslie Schwartz's novel - at Angie's diner. Out on bail after pleading not guilty, Ethan finds "GUILTY" painted on the side of his truck.

Some members of the community, such as restaurant owner Angie Manning (Mira Sorvino), also a single mother of a little girl, are shocked and sympathetic, though aware of Ethan's occasional lapses as an attentive parent. A few, such as Jane (Elizabeth McGovern), who'd been Nate's occasional babysitter - while dealing with her homophobic son's visit because he's in need of money - are willing to excuse Ethan entirely, chalking up the death as an accident; though her lesbian partner Roxanne (Kate Walsh) bluntly expresses contempt for the father's carelessness.

Craft interviews Cindy, an ill-tempered alcoholic, who had spent the night with Rusty - uncooperative with the DA - when Ethan couldn't contact his best friend on the morning of the tragedy. "It was your choice to let Ethan have him," Cindy's mother Joanne (Barbara Williams) finally passes judgment on her bitchy daughter.

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