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A man tries to rebuild his life and reconnect with his family after a stretch in prison in this independent drama. Eben Cole (Thomas Hildreth) is a lobster fisherman who lives and works on a small island off the coast of Maine. Eben takes pride in his work and works hard to provide for his wife, Cheryl (Amy Jo Johnson), and daughter, Sara (Mackenzie Young). However, Eben also has a temper, and when a pair of commercial fishermen from the mainland try to take over one of his fishing spots, the argument escalates into violence. Eben's attack on the fishermen earns him five years behind bars,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A noble entry into the real world of timeless and truly independent American cinema."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"This simple, classic story is enlivened with well-described characters and credible emotions that make us empathize with the motives and decision of all the characters."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Islander is a well crafted film that has a lot of heart and soul."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Unfortunately, the storyfollows too uninvolving a course to make the movie as powerful as it could have been. But that shouldn't stop audiences drawing satisfaction from its textures."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The simple images and unobtrusive style have an authenticity that overcomes the rougher performances and folksy fringes of the drama..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"... a moving old-fashioned drama and a throwback to how indies first blossomed a generation or so ago."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A small, plaintive, modestly made film about how one bad decision can wreck a life."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Islander places its generic, troubled-guy plot within a small lobstering community on an island off the coast of Maine."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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