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Rae (Pamela Steward) drags the half-willing Carla (Tara Bellando) with her on a day's worth of depressive, sociopathic, drug-related adventures in the spiritually and economically burned-out environs of Lexington, Kentucky. This 1996 movie warns us to anticipate something extreme when it opens with text stating that it's loosely based on a real event identified only by its date, April 23, 1986; the story may resonate for viewers who've heard of LaFonda Foster and Tina Hickey Powell, while keeping in generic suspense those unfamiliar with the Lexington crime depicted. “To error is human, to forgive divine,” reads a sign that's part of the landscape in which writer-director Jeremy Horton intends murder to seem inevitable. Because he has little to say about the relationship between human potential and behavior beyond the pointedly altered adage, Horton's themes are as limited as the horizons of his characters, whom he portrays as victims mainly so they can be brutal without becoming entirely unsympathetic.

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