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Putty Hill

  • Indiewire  Reviews

    REVIEW | One Death, Many Lives in Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill"

    The first impression created by Matt Porterfield's "Putty Hill" is that of an abandoned world. Against a silent backdrop, the filmmaker displays the vacant rooms of a creaky house in suburban Maryland, where a young man has recently died. In subsequent scenes, Porterfield builds on that haunting disconnect between reality and the emptiness caused by one individual's abrupt departure from it. Elsewhere, a group of paintball fighters dash through the woods; obscured by protective masks, their identities are indistinguishable. That literal anonymity mirrors the way characters in "Putty Hill" constantly hide their feelings, until Porterfield's ca...

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