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The Clearing

4 Ratings: 1.8
A movie directed by Pieter Jan Brugge

In its chilling opener, THE CLEARING paints a classic portrait of rich man vs. poor man, showing the morning routines of two very similar characters. Though they are both white, middle-aged, and of middle-class stature, the nuances that differentiate … see full wiki

Director: Pieter Jan Brugge
Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 2, 2004
4 reviews about The Clearing
review by . March 13, 2009
The Clearing
The mill clearing at Nimbus is buried in the swamps of Louisiana, knee deep in snakes and alligators. The damp permeates everything, coating man and beast alike with a second skin. After purchasing Nimbus Mill, Noah Aldridge sends his younger son, Randolph, to make contact with the older brother, Byron, who hasn't been the same since he returned from World War I. Traveling the country in search of ever more innocuous jobs, Byron 's only impulse is to withdraw from the world into the wilderness, …
review by . December 05, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: ...     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line:   "And it's back through the gardens   And through the same trees   To the clearing I passed out in before"  ~Weatherbox         Back into the realm of ‘this is based on a true event' movie.  The Clearing was based on a kidnapping that happened in Holland.  I don't know when or any of the circumstances about the true …
review by . January 02, 2005
THE CLEARING tells the story of a kidnapping. We see it, in alternating scenes, from the victim's point of view (Robert Redford, a successful businessman, who has NOT been quite so good a husband is nabbed by Willem Dafoe, a long-unemployed loser and walked through the woods towards a cabin where those who paid him to kidnap Redford await) and from the point of view of the family, (wife Helen Mirren and her children...this story takes place over days or weeks, while Redford's covers one day).     …
review by . November 10, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
It is always rewarding when major actors gather to make a film that is intended for the low profile of the art theaters, quietly opting for a fine script, a sensitive director, and the opportunity to contribute to ensemble acting much as they would on the legitimate stage. Such is the case for THE CLEARING.     Based on an actual story of a kidnapping that occurred in Holland, writer/director Pieter Jan Brugge and co-writer Justin Haythe have fashioned a script that is more concentrated …
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