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The Cold Lands
When his fiercely self-reliant mother dies unexpectedly, eleven year-old Atticus is wary of the authorities and flees deep into the forests surrounding his Catskills home. Wandering the woods in shock, relying on what meager food and shelter he comes across, Atticus' grasp on reality begins to fray. His sheltered, off-the-grid childhood dissolves into a directionless life on the move, avoiding other people while trying to differentiate between reality and fantasy. (c) CineReach

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Writer-director Tom Gilroy has worked with Yelich previously and makes his youthful character the quiet, watchful center of this 2013 indie drama."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
""The Cold Lands" is aimless and dull, but has a rich tone and upstate authenticity."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"As written and directed by Tom Gilroy, it consists entirely of discoveries."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz,
"This sensitive drama about outsiders never gets too deep inside its characters."
‑ Tim Grierson, Paste Magazine
"Gilroy takes all of this to a more realistic, more interesting place, and he manages to find an ending for the story that offers a touch of optimism but doesn't feel like a cheat."
‑ Todd VanDerWerff , AV Club
"Thoughtful and touching ..."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Village Voice
"A likeable drama about an eleven-year old who survives living on his own in the forest but finds it more difficult to get by when he returns to civilization."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The Cold Lands [...] sustains a lovely mood, but keeps the audience at a perpetual distance. It keeps threatening to turn into a movie, but never entirely does."
‑ Sam Adams, The Dissolve
"Mr. Yelich is even more emotionally reticent than this central character requires, and "The Cold Lands" feels as if it were just taking hold when it reaches the end of the road."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Best when dramatizing how the land itself comes alive and serves as a character in its own right, resurrecting the buried history of the US Anti-Rent Resistance Movement of the 19th century. And perhaps a lesson well taught to an endangered rebel child."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Blink and you'll miss a terrific performance from Lili Taylor."
‑ Chase Whale, Twitch
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