The Woodsman

Synopsis: After twelve years in prison, Walter arrives in an unnamed city, moves into a small apartment across the street from an elementary school, gets a job at a lumberyard, and mostly keeps to himself. A quiet, guarded man, Walter finds unexpected solace from Vickie, a tough-talking woman who promises not to judge him for his history. But Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is warily eyed by his brother-in-law, shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious local police officer, Detective Lucas. After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Nicole Kassell
Production: Newmarket Films
  7 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

On your left.

On your right.

You must check in

with your P.O. Once a week.

Your P.O. Is entitled

to visit at any time.

You cannot come

within 300 feet of...

You must register immediately

upon return...

- Walter?

- Hey, Bob.

It's good to see you.

That's Mary-Kay.

The only reason I'm doing this is 'cause

I know you did good work for my father.

So you be here on time.

You do your work.

I don't want

any kind of problem, period.

God, that looks awful.


Now, this looks good.

Want some? Homemade.

No, thanks.

You won't taste

a better chicken salad in town.

I said no, thank you.

I'm sorry. I got to get back to work.

- So, how are you adjusting?

- I'm adjusting okay.

- And your new apartment?

- Apartment's okay.

- How's the job?

- The job's okay.

Do I take "okay" to mean

you feel good about working there?

I said the job's okay.

That's right. You did.

- Vicki!

- F*** you, a**hole.

- Come on. What's wrong, huh?

- Kiss my ass.

Boy, you still think fast.

You don't need to think fast

to handle a beer.

Well, it took some talking

to convince your super I was a relative.

Yeah, well, I told her

all my relatives were good-looking.

- Jesus Christ, man, it's good to see you.

- Yeah, you too.

You look good...

damn good,

considering you're an old man now.

Feels like the whole world's

gotten younger.

So, you're doing okay?

Yeah, I'm okay.

- How's business?

- Booming.

Can't keep up with the work.

In fact, I just hired a few new guys.

Just until, you know, we catch up.

Living across the street

from a grade school. Jesus.

Something wrong with that?

I'm just thinking of the noise.

It's the only landlord in town

who'll take my money.

So, how's Annette?

A little tense.

You know, you're the only member

of the family still speaking to me.

Yeah, well, I remember when

they all gave Annette sh*t...

because she married the brown-skinned boy

from down the street... except her brother.

And what about Annette?

I'm workin' on it.

- So how old is Carla?

- She's gonna be 12 next week.

We're gonna throw her

a big party on Saturday.

I wish I could ask you to come.

Good enough

to eat today, baby.

Ooh, yeah.

What the f*** do you think

you're doing, huh?

How'd you like it if someone did

that sh*t to your sister, huh?

Piece of sh*t!

F*** off!

Clean that sh*t up!

- Oh, yeah.

- Play with yourself, a**hole!

You okay?


- Are you okay?

- Yeah, I'm f***ing fantastic.

So, what'd he do?

- What did who do?

- You know, the new guy.

Drugs, armed robbery,


Mind your business, Mary-Kay.

Have you made any friends there?

I'm not running for Mr. Popularity.

You seem a little hostile today.

It's called sarcasm, Dr. Rosen.

No need to call me doctor.

I'm a therapist, not a psychiatrist.

It's all the same to me.

Walter, I'd like you

to try something for me.

- What's that?

- I'd like you to keep a journal.

- No f***in' way.

- Why not?


Perhaps a journal would

encourage you to reflect.

Try it?

Sixteen, 17, 18, 19, 20.

How about that?

Want a ride?

- I'm all right.

- It's f***ing freezing out here.

- I'm fine.

- Come on. I won't bite.

Something wrong

with this picture.

Here's this nice, hard-working guy...

suddenly appears out of the blue.

Takes the bus to and from work.

I mean, who takes

the bus anymore?

People who don't have cars.

- It's very weird.

- Not as weird as a sharp, young...

good-looking woman

working in a lumberyard.

Oh, yeah?

What's weird about that?

Most women wouldn't choose it.

Guess I'm not like most women.

You never spoke to me before.

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Nicole Kassell

Nicole Kassell (born 1972) is an American film and television director. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she received her degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. While a student there, she made three short films, including The Green Hour, which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. A year earlier, she had won the Slamdance Screenplay Competition for her first feature-length project, The Woodsman, adapted from Steven Fechter's 1997 minimalist play she had seen staged at The Actors Studio in New York City. Her enthusiasm for it convinced Lee Daniels, one of the producers of Monster's Ball, to help her get funding for the film version. When he approached Kevin Bacon, the actor was so impressed by the script, about a convicted child molester forced to deal with social prejudice and the fear he will not be able to control his dark urges after he's released from prison, that he suggested he star in the movie opposite wife Kyra Sedgwick. The Woodsman competed at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival, was featured in the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and eventually was released to the public in 2004. Kassell's second feature film, A Little Bit of Heaven, a romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal, had its first release in February 2011 in the UK. Kassell has directed episodes of the series Cold Case and 3 lbs (both on CBS), The Closer (on TNT), The Killing (on AMC), Vinyl (on HBO) and The Americans (on FX). She has adapted Arthur Miller's play The Ride Down Mt. Morgan for the big screen. At present, the project is in pre-production with a cast that includes Diane Keaton, Emily Blunt and Michael Douglas, who is also serving as executive producer. She also is writing an adaptation of the book Bad Medicine for HBO. more…

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