Appalachian blood ties are tested in the well-acted 'World Made Straight'

January 7, 2015 7:35 PM

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The best indie cinema is regional in nature, films with a strong sense of place. And the further that place is from the over-filmed Southern California or New York, the better. The rural setting of a "Winter's Bone," "Ulee's Gold" or "Beasts of the Southern Wild" becomes the main character, shaping the people and events whose stories the film sets out to tell.

"The World Made Straight" is a flawed but vivid Southern Gothic melodrama set in an isolated community in the mountains of North Carolina.

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