1955, Montana and a great flood is about to come. A new hydroelectric dam is about to be installed in the mountains above Northfork, ready to flood the valley in the name of progress. It is the charge of a six man strong, trench-coated Evacuation Commitee to relocate the townsfolk to higher ground. But there are still tenacious stragglers. A lustful couple, a man with a pair of wives and his own Ark, a priest and the frail orphan he watches over, whose fevered visions lead him to believe he is the member of a lost band of roaming Angels desperately searching for a way home. Each one in limbo. Each one looking for a sign. Each one seeking a way to say goodbye.
Like a bad Terry Gilliam film.
- Northfork review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Set in the small town of Northfork Montana, where the town is now deserted to make way for a hydro-electric dam. A small group men enter the town as part of an evacuation team to remove the final few townsfolk who have failed to leave before the land is due to be flooded. The film follows the parallel stories of inhabitants refusing to leave a dying town and a dying boy, abandoned by his parents to the care of the local priest. While the idea behind the film is fairly good the execution is poor, with clichéd direction, dull acting and surreal dreamlike scenes which come of as pretentious and laughable. Overall, Northfork is a strange and often painfully dull experience, like a really bad mix of Terry Gilliam and David Lynch. Those in to arthouse films and early Lynch movies may like it, otherwise it's worth giving a miss!