Off the Map
Starring: Joan Allen, Sam Elliot, Valentina de Angelis, Amy Brenneman, Jim True-Frost
Directed by: Campbell Scott
Written by: Joan Ackermann
Release Date: 2003
A family lives on their own away from society in the middle of nowhere New Mexico where they end up being audited.
The main part of this movie that isn’t given away in the trailers at all is that Sam Elliot (the dad in the family) is majorly depressed. I don’t know if they were trying to trick people into seeing an offbeat movie without adding in something serious, but I had no idea he was depressed until the first line in the movie narrated by the daughter.
That didn’t make the movie horrible or anything. It was a very slow, offbeat movie. You really have to be in the right mood to watch it. I thought it might be that way so I enjoyed it. It meanders along for a year that he is depressed until he finally isn’t anymore. All the characters are pretty interesting and you get to learn a little bit about them here and there. Then the movie ends. There is no big climatic moment. It’s a slice-of-life type of picture.
I can see someone not expecting the movie to be so slow and end up hating it, but if you are in the right frame of mind, then it’s a nice little movie.