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Blow the Man Down (2019)

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Mary Beth and Priscilla Connolly attempt to cover up a gruesome run-in with a dangerous man. To conceal their crime, the sisters must go deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown, uncovering the town's darkest secrets.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Coffin ... Singing Fishman
David Pridemore ... Singing Fisherman
Adam Wolf Mayerson ... Singing Fisherman (as Adam Mayerson)
Mark S. Cartier ... Singing Fisherman (as Mark Cartier)
Meredith Holzman ... Dee
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Gorski
Sophie Lowe ... Priscilla Connolly
Morgan Saylor ... Mary Beth Connolly
June Squibb ... Susie Gallagher
Marceline Hugot ... Doreen Burke
Annette O'Toole ... Gail Maguire
Linda Shary Linda Shary ... Mary Margaret
Margo Martindale ... Enid Nora Devlin
Owen Burke ... Paulie
Skipp Sudduth ... Officer Coletti
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Welcome to Easter Cove, a remote and insular fishing village on Maine's rocky coast. In this small town, bonds run as deep as the ocean and secrets are as thick as the morning fog. Each day, droves of men take to sea for the daily catch while a handful of women serve as the community's powerful, albeit discrete, operators. Though the self-interested code of the town's old guard has governed for years, our tale takes place as the tides are turning in Easter Cove. Mary Margaret Connolly, a beloved and integral town matriarch, has just passed away. In the wake of her death, her daughters, Mary Beth and Priscilla, face an uncertain future, haunted by bills and unpaid loans left behind. Priscilla tries to fill her mother's shoes by taking over the family fish shop while her younger sister Mary Beth refuses to accept the new responsibilities. The sisters find themselves at odds and Mary Beth stubbornly defends her dream of leaving town - even if it means abandoning Priscilla altogether. ...

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for language, some violence, sexual material and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Declan's line "He went and vanished like a fart in the wind" is the exact same line Warden Norton used to describe Andy Dufresne's escape in The Shawshank Redemption (1994). See more »

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a pretty young damsel I chanced to meet
19 March 2020 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Who better to sing the title song than Gloucester, Massachusetts singer David Coffin ... while wearing the attire of the local fishermen of fictional Easter Cove, Maine? Mr. Coffin's rich vocals (and face) pop up periodically throughout the film and provide an unusual bit of story structure to the feature film debut of co-writers and co-directors Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy. It's a nifty little indie film that's fun to watch, despite some gaps in the storytelling that keep it from 'what could have been.'

Sophie Lowe and Morgan Saylor star as the Connolly sisters, Priscilla and Mary Beth. Their mother Mary Margaret Connolly has just died, and it appears they may lose their family home as well as the family business - a local fish market. Priscilla is the reserved, level-headed one, while Mary Beth (who put off college for a year) is impulsive and reactionary. A poor decision made while drinking with bad boy Gorski (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) leads to a violent confrontation involving a harpoon, a brick and cole slaw. Well, technically the cole slaw comes in during the clean-up being orchestrated by Priscilla.

There are some Coen Brothers and neo-noir elements at play here, which, along with the intriguing small town characters keeps us connected to the story and wondering how things will end up. An interesting twist has Easter Cove with a Matriarchal town structure, one of which the recently deceased Mary Margaret Connolly was instrumental. Three elderly ladies played with glee by June Squibb, Marceline Hugot, and Annette O'Toole take it upon themselves to continue the behind-the-scenes power brokering, while at the same time 'cleaning up' the town a bit. After the murder of a local prostitute, the triumvirate of senior women confront Enid Nora Devlin (yet another scene-stealing turn from Margot Martindale), who runs Ocean View B&B, the town's brothel. Enid listens to their request to shutter the doors ... or at least transition into a traditional bed and breakfast.

A found bag of money plays a role, as does Priscilla's carving knife, and Alexis (Gayle Rankin), a friend of the murdered girl. Will Brittain plays Officer Justin Brennan, a young policeman who fancies Priscilla and is committed to solving the crime(s). All of these interactions are quite something to watch, as most every character has their own secrets and motivations. As mentioned, the story structure may remind some of Coen Brothers projects, however as fun as it is to watch, it's lacking the sharp and witty dialogue of the Coens. Also, while many of us enjoy movies that don't fill in every detail, there are gaps crucial to understanding the actions of these characters ... gaps that probably should have been colored in a bit more.

Harpswell, Maine poses as Easter Cove, and there is something about this small fishing community on the northeast coast that creates a unique and appealing setting for a movie. Additionally, the dialect and personalities make for entertaining cinema. It's a nice first feature for Ms. Cole and Ms. Krudy and we look forward to more of their work.


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20 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Harpswell, Maine, USA See more »

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