Review of The Woodsman

The Woodsman (2004)
Oscar performances in an emotionally powerful film
17 October 2004
Just saw this at the Mill Valley Film Festival. This is Kevin Bacon's greatest performance. He is courageous to take on a role that is rarely, if ever, seen with compassion. There is no over- simplification here: he plays a child molester who is struggling to be normal. He is making progress and he is also failing. This is a film about forgiveness and redemption and fear. From a filmic point of view, it is a nail-biter as you find yourself hoping he makes it. There is also a subtle erotic interaction with his off-screen wife. This is a must-see for serious film goers. I hope that the culture we live in can accept the difficult subject and recognize an Oscar quality film from a new director.
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