Abundant Acreage Available

Studio: Gravitas Ventures
Directed by Angus Maclachlan

Sep 28, 2017 Web Exclusive
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After their father’s passing, siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse (Terry Kinney) find three elderly men camped on their 50-acre tobacco farm. The men, it turns out, grew up on this farm long before Tracy and Jesse’s family purchased it, and hope to return there as their own lives are coming to a close. This creates a conflict between the younger set of siblings. Jesse wants to give back the farm, while Tracy, having spent her entire life there, feels that it rightfully belongs to the two of them.

Abundant Acreage Available is a quiet drama, calling into question whether a place can belong to a person, or if people are just temporary parts of the places they inhabit. Writer-director Angus MacLachlan—who wrote the perennially underrated Junebug—lets his talented cast barter and butt heads, which helps maintain the film’s solitary conflict. Ryan and Kinney, who open the film with an emotional fight over just where in a big, empty field they’ll unceremoniously bury their dad’s ashes, are outstanding as siblings whom we’re quickly convinced may have never once seen eye-to-eye.

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