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Sophia Takal's much-hyped debut feature is impressively moody, conjuring up a lush, humid, and menacing landscape with its long, still takes and eerie, humming, naturalistic sound design. An overbearing New York snob (Lawrence Michael Levine) and his docile girlfriend (Kate Lyn Sheil) install themselves in a cabin in a generic rural south so the man can write a blog about sustainable farming; the woman meets and bonds with a sweet and guileless neighbor woman (Takal) but soon falls prey to jealousy, thinking this new friend is after her guy. This last development is supposed to be the movie's subject—Takal has said she wrote it to work out her own problems with jealousy—but it never comes off dramatically, because the city woman's relationship with the country girl is so much more relaxed and self-affirming than the time she spends with her supremely condescending boyfriend.

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