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When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her father, Abe, a good and beloved farmer, is holding a wealthy man hostage in their abandoned silo in order to save their suffering farm, she befriends the captive in secret. As the truth unfolds about who he is and what will happen if he escapes, Gitty chooses to confront the thin line between reality and fiction.

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Quality: HD []

Release: Mar 13, 2016

IMDb: 1.0

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American Fable full movie review - American Fable doesn't live up to its title

This is a movie that could have benefited from putting more "fable" into the story and less realism. While beautifully shot with a couple of good performances, overall the story could have used more polish.

The protagonist is a little girl (11 years old) named Gitty, whom we follow and experience life on a farm in the 80's, as seen through her eyes. The general overarching theme of the film is about the struggles of the American farmer who can no longer get by because of federal cut-backs and big business coming in and acquiring the smaller farms.

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The main plot involves a kidnapped land developer (Richard Schiff's character) who is buying up farm land, and an unknown woman who has something to gain off his disappearance. Gitty's family participates in helping keep the secret, in exchange for financial gain aka: Money to save their farm. Gitty secretly befriends the kidnapped gentleman while he is secured in an abandoned silo and hi-jinks ensue (just kidding). They bond and she learns chess and literature from the man, while the family (specifically Gitty's older brother, Martin) keep an eye on him. And by "keep and eye on him", I mean beat him and cut off his finger. And for this, they get a bag full of money. Just for following the plan set in play by the mysterious woman.

We get all-too brief flashes of some mystical elements here (coming from the imagination of the protagonist, Gitty), but they are few and far between. The film mainly just consists of miserable characters talking about miserable things happening to them. For a film centered around only a few characters, it's amazing how underdeveloped they are. Gitty is the most fully fleshed out, and the girl who plays her - does a good job at expressing her emotions - but there just seems to be something missing. She plays off Richard Schiff's character well, but they don't develop his character enough to really care. There are hints at who he is, but we're never really shown or told. He's just a kind, old man. But is he really? We never find out.

Now I'm guessing the title "American Fable" is sort of a play on "The American Dream" and how the dream isn't all that it's cracked up to be, but come on - if you're going to have "Fable" in your title and follow a little girl through a beautifully shot landscape - don't just hint at a supernatural element. Show us something. Anything. And I don't just mean a woman on a horse in Maleficent garb showing up every so often randomly to as if exclaim "See, this IS a fairy tale. Kinda!".

Gitty explores a well early in the movie, with a violin and scribblings from a past unknown figure laying at the bottom of it. I remember thinking, "I wonder what kind of fantastical element this will turn into?". And the answer? Nothing. It's never explained, and it doesn't lead to anything - except one brief scene where Gitty brings the violin to the man in the silo. But he doesn't play it. No one does. It's just a prop. A useless prop.

See how frustrating that is? It's like an hour and a half of build-up to an interesting idea, and then nothing. Even the psychotic brother Martin is left hanging. He's an evil for purely evil's-sake character, just so the film has some kind of tension and climax. And at the end, he falls down the well. And then? And then we have no idea. No idea if he's alive or dead, or what the consequences of his actions were - or if he had any kind of revelation. This is the brother of the main character, and not just some random person - so why aren't we provided with any kind of closure?

This film had potential to be something with depth - but whether it was budget constraints or just bad storytelling - it's really quite disappointing because I honestly wanted to like the movie, based on the main character and the visuals alone. American Fable was just too vanilla, with nothing really to say or show, to recommend to anyone. A real shame since there appears to be talent involved.

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