Synopsis: A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. An act of violence thrusts them into the world of an emotionally devastated highway store owner, awakening the fury of a bitter and longstanding conflict.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lance Hammer
Production: Alluvial Film Company
  17 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

you got to pay for what you want free.

No more freebies.

- Nigga's trying to get some free sh*t.

- Yeah, man.

- Bring your bike, dude.

- Leave that nigga alone, man.

- He's just a little kid and sh*t.

- Kid, my ass.

You have anything planned for tonight?

I was thinking about cooking up

a porterhouse.

Do you like steak?

Well, you wanna come over

about 6:
00 then?


You shot yourself?


With this?

Why'd you steal my gun?

Go inside.

- Did you call the police?

- No.

That's from the gun?

- You got a dog?

- Yes.

Where is he?

He's at a neighbour's.

Is it a wolf?

He's a halfwolf.

Is he mean?


Let me see where you shot yourself.

I said let me see

where you shot yourself.

Why is it like that?

Like what?

There's two of'em.

That's from the gunshot.

That's where they took part of my lung.

Hey, sweetie,

what you doing still up?

You get that message I left you?

I had to work a few extra hours.

You know how that is.

If I didn't, he would have fired me.

- You get that sandwich I left you?

- Uh-huh.

Is that my present?

It's a Xbox?

I thought we couldn't afford one.

How was your day?


Ready to go to bed?


I seen this small sign on a telephone pole

say youth basketball sign-ups.

Think I could play this year?

I don't see why not.

Sound like a good idea to me.

It costs $20.

Well, maybe we can figure

something out.

- When is it?

- Friday.

From 5:
00 to 9:00.

In Tchula?

Uh-huh, the community centre.

All right. Well, when I come back

from that lawyer, then we'll go, okay?

All right.

Come give me a hug.

I love you so much.

You love me?


Tell me.

I love you.

Good night.

- You need something, James?

- You got money?

In my wallet, on top of the microwave.

You only got nine bucks?

- Where's his wallet?

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Lance Hammer

Lance Hammer is an American independent filmmaker. His first film, Ballast, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Before he was a director Hammer was a visual effects artist who worked on films such as Batman and Practical Magic more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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