Synopsis: Michaela, a lost and lonely young woman, gets a mysterious message from the father she never knew, sending her on a journey to discover twisted family secrets. As she uncovers each piece of the puzzle, she descends even deeper into their warped world of pilgrims and pyromania. Dragged out to the desert, and pushed to the very edge, Michaela is forced to make a choice: preserve the delicate web that history has woven for her family, or strike out on her own and destroy the cycle of evil in her blood. That is, if she can survive the fire.
90 min


When I was a child I had

a series of nightmares

About a statue,

A bronze woman holding

a plate of grapes.

The "Metal Lady",

as I came to call her,

Never did anything frightening

in those dreams,

She just stood there

on a shelf;

Quiet, watching me.

And I was terrified because,

in those moments,

I felt everything

that was to come.

One day

the dreams stopped

And I never saw

the Metal Lady again.

But I never forgot her.

A day doesn't go by when she

doesn't enter my thoughts

In one way or another.

Not one day.


I'll go.



So are you saying

Thomas won't pay now?

No, Albert,

just between you and me.

I won't visit him or anything.



Call him.




Call me back.

Hey, Tai.

How are things?

You know.



He won't pay?

No, I understand.

We're all friends.


No wonder he's poor.


I gotta go, Albert.

No, we're cool.


So... I just wanted

to get another round

For the four of us.


Yeah, that's good.

"Fun pack" for David.

Hundred fifty.

Here's the thing.

I... we... were kind of

hoping for a favor.

If you wanted a favor,

you should have sent Kari.

I know.

Where is she?

She... she has... herpes.


Yeah... huge... blisters.

When did she...?

Oh, after that, this was,

you know, recent,

This morning, like, she woke up

and just, blam, you know?

I wouldn't, I'm sure you're past

that window, no doubt.


This would be an actual favor

not a trade

And then we could get the money

to you...

This isn't Hurricane relief,


That line never gets old to him.

No, I know this isn't,

I just thought...

And we've been

so good about...

Yeah, okay.

Come back when

you've got the money.


Sorry for bugging you.

Went to rehab together, David.

You don't need to apologize

to me.

In fact,

I'm wondering

When you're going to

come work for me.

I did ask you a few months ago.

You did.

Wouldn't have these problems.

I know that, and I

appreciate it, I do.

I just...

Need to think about things

some more is all.


Is it the "dead parents" thing?


No, it's not that.

You can tell me.

I'm sensitive,

I can be sensitive.

No, it's,

I just need more time.

Herpes, huh?

Looks real painful.

You're not buying crank

downtown, are you, David?

No way, I like my car

just the way it is.

Can't trust those people.

They're not like you and me.

I know, I don't.

Even the cops, they go down

there, are wild cards.

That cowboy act last month?

Gunned down

those bank robbers

Even the ones who were trying

to give up.

Even killed a little kid.

Can't trust anything down there.

Don't make that mistake.

I know and I won't.

I have no idea how she got it,



She still seeing that guy,




Maybe it was him.


He's a jerk.

I don't even know why I still

hang out with him.

Loyalty's key, David.

Without loyalty,

you're a target.

Tell you what.

I have to run some errands.

But it's my Mom's birthday


Oh, happy birthday.

She thanks you.

I want to get her a television.

A television?

A nice one.

I'm going to be here

until eleven

Then I'm out for the weekend.

See what you can do

and we'll talk.

A television, sure.

This is my cell for today.

When you have something, call.

I'm doing this because it's you.

Because we have history.

I know.

When you come back,

I'm going to want an answer

About the other thing, as well.

Call when you gots.

Thanks, Tai.

What are friends for?

I don't know.



He wants a television.

I knew we should have sent Kari.

Shut up.

Did he ask for me?

What do you think?

What did you tell him?

I told him you had herpes.


Did you...

David, did you really say that?

I had to say something.

It's okay.

No it's not.


Did he ask about me?


That's funny.

It's not funny.

It's kind of funny.

Shut up!

Stop hitting my car, Spot!

Kari, admit it, it's funny.

Maybe a little.



I don't care!

These are issues.

You don't make fun of issues.

Whose issues are they?

They're mine.

They should be yours, too.

I don't know why you're so mad,


You're the one who sent her

into Tai's in the first place.

Mother Fff... ahhh!


You're so mad!

You're dead!

We need a television.

Who do we know who has

a real nice television?

Cee Cee's Video has good stuff.

I saw the commercial yesterday.

What are we doing here?

These people just moved in.

How do you know that?

I was driving past last week

on my way to see Amy

And I saw the Ryder

truck out front.

I thought you hadn't seen her

since the funeral.

How is Amy?

When I got there it was just her

lawyer with some paper work, so

I don't know how's she doing.

I like your sister.

Me too.


Why this place?

Because it's too soon for them

to have hooked up

An alarm system.

They're still dealing

with boxes, organizing.

Unpacking, all that stuff.


I say we hit downtown.

We'd stick out

like sore thumbs down there.

Listen, we don't even know

they have a television.

Have you ever met someone who

didn't have a television?

Amish people don't have



You're so stupid.

They weren't Amish, Donald.

Nobody around here is Amish.

How do you even know Amish

people don't have television?

I saw it on television.

Oh, you saw it on television

that the Amish people

Don't have television?

Do you even know how much of

a retard you sound like?


Leave him alone.

She's right, quit it.


Don't you even...

This will do.

Why are you making decisions

around here, anyway?

What, you think just 'cause you

have a car makes you boss?

Works for me.

Me too.

I'm not the boss.

That's right, you're not.

And I could have a car, too,

just so everyone knows.

You're not the only one who

could be driving people around.

I just think this is

the perfect choice.

- So do I.

- Me too.

Oh, well, if it's so perfect,

what's the plan to get in there?

- Stupid!

- Shhh.

It's daylight, man.

Nice yard.

Listen, we should wait

until it gets dark.

They'll be back by then.

Big for this neighborhood.

And Tai is heading out

for the weekend tonight.

So it's gotta be now.

You think they'll get a pool?


Hope they don't have dogs.

Oh, right.

What's your plan now,

master thief?

I don't see any doggie toys.

No doggie door.

That's good.

What are you two talking about?




Here we go.

You should break the little horn

while you're at it.

Well just pop the glass!


Look, I hate to be the bearer

of bad news, David,

But when you're through wasting

all of our time,

I think we should

just get back...

Shut up.

I'm cool.

No alarms.

Everyone look around.


I need a car.


What's wrong with you?


Where's Donald?

Don't care.

Take this to the car.

I'll find him.

Let's go.


We got a flat screen.

That one's junk.

Some people don't like

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