20171 h 41 min

A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.

Director Zak Hilditch
Runtime 1 h 41 min
Release Date 20 October 2017
Movie Rating Not bad

Wilfred “Wilf” James (Thomas Jane) goes to a hotel in the city to write his confession to a crime he committed in 1922.

In 1922, Wilf is a farmer living on his farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska with his wife, Arlette (Molly Parker) and their 14-year-old son, Henry (Dylan Schmid). Wilf and Arlette argue about land that she recently inherited: Wilf wants to add it to his own land, while Arlette wants to sell it. If they also sell Wilf’s land, Arlette argues, they could all move to the city. However, if Wilf wants to keep his own land, she would sell her land and move to the city without him, taking Henry with her.

Wilf is unwilling to part with either his land or his son and he is unable to change Arlette’s mind. He decides to convince Henry to help him murder his wife. He reinforces his argument by reminding Henry that, should they move to the city, he would never again see the neighbouring farm girl he was in love with, Shannon Cotterie (Kaitlyn Bernard). Henry reluctantly agrees to Wilf’s proposal.

Wilf tricks Arlette into believing that he would try things her way. Wilf carries her to bed after she becomes very drunk. Wilf and Henry return to her as she is sleeping. Henry covers Arlette’s face with a cloth while Wilf slits her throat. She screams and struggles before dying. Wilf and Henry carry her outside to an empty well. Henry faints along the way, leaving Wilf to throw the corpse into the well by himself. The next morning, Wilf looks into the well and sees Arlette’s corpse staring up at him, rats scurrying around her and moving in and out of her mouth…

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