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Rated R · 83 minutes · 2004

Drama
Anchored by a carefully studied, thoroughly compelling performance by Kevin Bacon, this portrait of a recently paroled pedophile still at war with his old demons is so thoughtful and provocative that we cannot help but become engrossed. Directed and co-written (from a play by Steven Fechter) by recent NYU Film School graduate Nicole Kassell, it is neither a stern cautionary tale about the predators among us, nor a hand-wringing plea for sympathy. In tackling a touchy subject, the first-time filmmaker stirs us to examine our own fears and prejudices. For Bacon -- who builds an ex-con's wall of wariness around his character, Walter, but gives us frequent glimpses into his torment -- this is a dramatic triumph. For us, it's the harrowing vision of a divided soul. With Kyra Sedgwick as a hard-shelled co-worker who has an affair with Walter and rapper Mos Def as the suspicious Philadelphia police detective who badgers him.
Official Site: www.thewoodsmanfilm.com
Director: Nicole Kassell
Writer: Nicole Kassell and Steven Fechter
Producer: Lee Daniels
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Eve, David Alan Grier, Hannah Pilkes, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Shannon, Kevin Rice and Carlos Leon

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