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

This is John Dixon. Are you in there?


Oh, that's... Lawrence, I'm sorry to bother you,

but people's been worried about you...

the store being

closed and all.

Are you okay?



You didn't call anybody?

Before too long, the dog...

I was sittin' on top,

and the deer came runnin'.


This is John Dixon.

I wanna report a death.


Darrius Batiste.


Lawrence, what's the address here?

Hold on.

It's 69... It's 69 Clayton Road.

No, I'm just a neighbour.

His brother's here,

but there's something wrong with him.

I can't get anything out of him.

He just walked out.

Yes, I'll stay here until someone arrives.

Yes, that's correct.


About how long will that be?


Oh, Jesus. Oh, man. Oh, God.

They're coming. They're coming.

Just hold on.

- Hey, what's his name?

- I only heard one. Lawrence.

Know any kind of medical history on him?

- Is he allergic to anything? Diabetic?

- No. No. I really don't know.

Yeah, we're definitely gonna have

to load and go with this guy.

Wow. What's this guy going?

About 270?

Lawrence. Hey, buddy.

Lawrence, stick with me, man.

- Go ahead and get that IV on that side.

- Okay.

- How far are we from the hospital, man?

- Ten minutes.

Emergistat 101.

Emergistat 101, Baptist ER.

This is Baptist. Go ahead.

En route with about a 35-year-old male,

gunshot wound times one to the right chest.

Initial GCS was about a six.

- Dropped down in the ambulance.

- Okay.

Got him decompressed times one.

- He's been tachycardic the entire time.

- Okay.

- About 110.

- Okay.

On three. One, two, three.

Last set of vitals... 90 over 40.

- How much fluid did he get?

- He's got about 250 in him.

Dopamine's at five.

Tube's at 25 at the T,

- No other injuries, Doctor.

- Okay. Somebody help me turn him over.

Turn him over. Let me have a look.

Give me a pad.

Come here, boy. Come on.

Here. Come on. Come on, puppy. Here.

Here you go.

Hello, Lawrence.

You're in the hospital.

You've been here for about 10 days.

You had surgery,

and you're doing fine.

Your right lung

was pretty severely damaged.

You also had some pneumonia

after surgery.

That's why we had to keep you sedated

till it all cleared up.

I know the tube is bothering you,

but we'll remove that soon.


Mr. Batiste?

Hey, Lawrence. How you doing?

I just wanna tell you

that I'm really sorry about your brother.

Are you doing okay?

I've been keeping your dog.

I thought you might want him back.

I guess you got a lot to deal with right now,

so I'll keep him a bit longer.

Are you sure you're all right?

You let me know if there's anything I can do

to help you, okay?

Come with me today, James.

Nuh uh.

Come on now. I'll be by myself.

So you can help me.

You can't sit here the whole break

by yourself doing nothing.

Just keep me company.



What the f*** you doing up in here,

little ass nigga?

Man, leave that nigga alone.

- What's up, man?

- Nothing much.

- You all right?

- Yeah.

Yo, I got another drop for you Tuesday, man.

Still got that bike?

All right, come by Tuesday

around 2:
00, man.

I get that green stuff

you gave me last time?

I don't know, man,

'cause last time you still owed me.'

- So no, I don't think...

- I thought you said we were even.

No, man. Hey, look though, man.

Got to go, man.

You said I was gonna

get caught up last time.

Nah, dude.

Look though, man. You got to go, man.

Remember you said you were gonna...

how I was gonna get caught up...

Get the f*** out of here.

Yo, come by here Tuesday, man.

From now on, man,

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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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