Blow the Man Down (2019)
March 29, 2020 4:51 PM - Subscribe

Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town's darkest secrets.

Blow the Man Down was released recently on Amazon Prime: here
posted by codacorolla (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I thought this was a really quite excellent thriller. The mystery part isn't there quite so much, and instead it's much more about the generational relationship of women in the town to the town itself. It's also very well shot and acted - plus I loved the sea shanty chorus element.
posted by codacorolla at 7:39 PM on March 29, 2020

saw this as the featured new whatever on Prime via an unknown smart TV OS and saw the title and typography and thought, ooo, pirates, and we watched it. It’s not pirates. But it features some amusing Greek, er, noreastern chorus bits with chanteys from David Coffin, and I was inspired to find his website and this particular song, Julian of Norwich, on YT.

The movie was delightful, sort of a down east hybrid of King and Christie. Absolutely recommended.
posted by mwhybark at 11:29 PM on March 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

I watched this after reading a couple of mixed reviews and very much liked it. I enjoyed how the three gossipy older women, who are usually the comic relief in this sort of story, turn out to be the unofficial power brokers of the village. Also, Margo Martindale was really great.
posted by plastic_animals at 9:15 AM on April 3, 2020 [1 favorite]

Watching this, I had the sense that this must be what it's like for men when they watch movies; they dominate every scene, the plot revolves around them, and then when that one woman shows up, she's cast in a supportive role, her story serves to further the stories of the men, and if she happens to find another woman to talk to, they talk about the men. Blow The Man Down is not only just about women, the few men that are in it talk to each other pretty much only about the women, mostly about Enid and Priscilla. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the raw, honest portrayals of the Connolly sisters. It's beautiful to look at, and the singing fishermen was the perfect touch. The ending is perfection. Gayle Rankin (Alexis) was riveting.
posted by the webmistress at 7:41 PM on April 11, 2020 [4 favorites]

Great movie, especially loved the haunting second round of Blood Red Roses.

Acclaimed character actress Margo Martindale ordering the girls to drink up was a wink to her character in Justified, right?
posted by rhamphorhynchus at 6:35 PM on April 17, 2020

Man what a great movie, that last scene gave me chills.
posted by Carillon at 11:57 PM on April 28, 2020

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