Nothing can undo the past.
A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
A paedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.
O Lenhador, Der Daemon in mir - The Woodsman, Der Dämon in mir, El leñador
I'd like to cast a vote for "Walter" as being one of the most creepy names a man can have. Why does everyone named Walter have to be a weirdo? I'd say "Satan" is probably the other most creepy name.
But I don't know a whole lot of "Satans" on my block.
That is where my (bad) joking ends with this film. The Woodsman is a very serious film about an even more serious subject matter. Kevin Bacon gives what I consider to be his finest performance as Walter, a man with a record of sexual assault on minors, who returns to his home town to start his life again after spending over a decade in prison. The film doesn't…
Für ihr Spielfilm-Regiedebüt wählte Nicole Kassell harten Stoff. The Woodsman ist nicht gerade das, was man unter lockerem Unterhaltungskino versteht.
Die Geschichte um einen pädophilen Mann, der nach zwölf Jahren Gefängnis auf Bewährung freigelassen wird und einen Weg zurück ins normale Leben sucht, klingt bereits auf dem Papier alles andere als erheiternd. Ein indirektes Versprechen, an das sich The Woodsman auch prompt hält.
Dennoch kommt The Woodsman nicht ganz den Erwartungen entgegen, mit denen man bei der Genreeinteilung eines derartigen Inhalts in erster Linie rechnen würde. Man bekommt keinen nervenaufreibenden Thriller oder dynamischen Schocker. Es ist ein bierernstes, langsames und knallhartes Drama, das konsequent eine gewisse Kompromissbereitschaft vom Zuschauer verlangt.
Hauptcharakter Walter wird…
Kevin Bacon......wow, what a gutsy career choice! This role could've easily backfired but he delivers a truly astonishing performance of a convicted paedophile (Walter) trying to reintegrate back into society after a lengthy prison sentence.
"The Woodsman" explores incredibly tough subject matter in a nuanced, fully realised way. Especially coming from the abusers POV this film had to navigate through a very sensitive minefield. The first and major stumbling block would've been to make Walter a sympathetic character but thankfully the film refrained from that. However, it doesn't make him fully irredeemable either. He's someone who's trying to move on with his life but the urges and twisted psychology he inhabits are a part of him and probably always will…
It was about ten or fifteen minutes in when Michael Shannon appeared on screen, causing me to squeal like a little girl, which felt woefully inappropriate considering what is revealed a bit later in the film. Of course it was all bubblegum and lollipops after that.
I thought Bacon was good here and I have a huge soft spot for Mos Def, who can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, and heck I even liked Eve as the receptionist, though almost nothing was done with her character. Unfortunately I was not the biggest fan of Sedgwick; I did not buy her as the rough and tumble lumberyard worker and even when she showed her sensitive side it did…
I was in a deep YouTube hole of old rap interviews when I came across one with Damon Dash talking about Dash Films. He was convinced this thing was going to win every Oscar. Kevin Bacon is very good as the Dexter of pedofiles but the world wasn't ready for this pitch black subject matter.
Sgt. Lucas: Little Red Riding Hood! That's it! That's it. The Woodsman, he cuts open the wolf's stomach, the girl comes out without a scratch... You ever see a seven-year-old sodomized in half? She was so small, just broken. I saw 20-year vets on that job. Hard guys, they just broke down and cried. I was there, I cried... There ain't no fucking woodsman in this world.
This is a really good movie with a really great Kevin Bacon performance. Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def (Mighty Mos as Dave Chappelle calls him and love the fuckin freestyle he did on season 1 of the Chappelle show), Michael Shannon, and Benjamin Bratt (an actor I’ve always liked) are strong here too. I…
Probably Kevin Bacon's best performance. It's a brave film to make as it asks the viewer to try to understand (and to a lesser extent sympathize) with the mindset of a paedophile. Not easy subject matter in the slightest. But it is well directed and Bacon is very good.
There are mis-steps, especially regarding the extended family sub-plot. But overall it's a well made film that as well as being controversial, is interesting as there's not many movies that deal with this detail. Director Nicole Kassell should be commended for that, although it's notable that she has directed just one other feature in the 15 years since The Woodsman was made.
The Woodsman is a incredibly conflicting movie. Nicole Kassell adapting the play written by Stephen Fechter attempts to make an humanizing portrayal of a pedophile. Walter, a man who served 12 years for molesting pre-teen girls is starting his life all over again working in a lumber yard and routinely meeting with his therapist (Michael Shannon wtf?). With Kevin Bacon in the lead role, you're already somewhat on the side of the American heartthrob and while there is a back burner plot of him stopping another pedophile's attack, it's made very clear that he is no saint. We're watching his struggles as he has tendencies to follow eleven year olds around the park or the mall. Every time you're warming…
Definition of Oscar voting Committee - Bunch of dumbasses with no knowledge about cinema.
I MEAN HOW THE HELL DID KEVIN BACON NOT GET EVEN A NOMINATION?? GRANTED IT'S A TRICKY SUBJECT. THIS WAS A CAREER BEST TRIUMPH. WOW
I watched The Woodsman tonight. And I have to write about this film.
I have absolutely got to say that I never expected anything this spectacular from what seemed at first glance to be a low-budget debut of someone I'd never heard of, but good God I hate myself for ever doubting it.
Kevin Bacon plays Walter, a sex offender who's just been released from a 12-year prison sentence, yearning for a life of peace at his new job and his new apartment, which happens to be across the street from an elementary school. This proves to be a bit of a struggle, as his previous targets of choice were girls ranging from ages 9-12.
Usually the reason stories like…
The credits are rolling as I type this, The Woodsman is a dark film that does a very good job at keeping the audience completely immersed into the film and Kevin Bacon's estranged character. A short but interesting Netflix watch, discomforting though.
kevin bacon is an amazing actor-- something i did not know because the only film of his that i've seen is... footloose. but here bacon was given a difficult and controversial character that could have easily fallen into negative stereotypes, but is instead treated like an actual, albeit reprehensible, human being. though well-written and well-acted, the run-time is a little shorter than a story like this deserves and leaves some character arcs feeling unfinished. but yeah, bacon and the final scene in the park make this film completely worth the watch.
removed from my watchlist
This an uncomfortable movie, but it is true that I can't imagine the subject matter being covered with greater care. Kevin Bacon gives a solid performance that is honest and sometimes sympathetic while avoiding extremes that would feel manipulative. The score and editing often gave me a made for tv crime drama feel that I wasn't crazy about, and I found Walter's revelation near the end felt forced as well as his confrontation with Candy. There isn't a great way to end this kind of film, but it seemed like a reach. Anyway, it was definitely worth the watch, and I have to say I loved Kyra Sedgwick. She was just pouring charisma all over the place, and was the absolute star of every scene she was in.
A very disturbing movie about a very tough subject. I had a stomacache watching it. Walter's struggles was very well put and the scene with Robin was excellent. Not enjoyable but it makes you think and cinemawise it was very succesful.
Still one of the most chilling and fascinating character studies that I've seen, right up there with Joker and Shame. I had only seen this once, back in the fall, so I had kind of forgotten just how amazing and, at times, uncomfortable it was. But man, it really is great, and I may actually need to move it a few spots back up on my list (currently sitting at #20 out of 207 movies watched since college started).
What Kevin Bacon achieves in “The Woodsmen” is a true act of courage and one few actors could pull off let alone have the wherewithal to accept the role of Walter, a pedophile who’s released from prison and tries to start a new life. Bacon along with the direction of Nicole Kassel take a very heavy story and its central conflicted and troubled figure who has one of the most unlikable character traits and humanizes and empathizes with the obstacles he faces in accepting his mistakes and flaws as he tries to chart a new way and make himself a better person. As the film came to a conclusion I had nothing but sympathy for Walter and felt his pain in a way that remind me the power film can have.
Messy, but there’s a lot to like; though not in the subject matter that’s for sure. Score is interesting, if a bit inconsistent. This film is dreary, cold, and gross; exactly what you’ll come away from it feeling. I appreciated the overall maturity it had in dealing with its dark themes. Some of the tertiary characters unfortunately feel underwritten and quite cartoony, however Kevin Bacon, who I’m usually not a huge fan of, surprisingly carries the film.
kevin bacon is good, i kinda agree with colin firth's commentary towards his performance tbh.. and one of the highlights of the film was its score as it should be.
“The Woodsman, he cuts open the wolf's stomach, the girl comes out without a scratch... There ain't no fucking woodsman in this world.”
This was a whole lot better than I expected it to be. Not only does Kevin Bacon give the best performance I’ve seen from him, but the film’s direction really stands out. The cinematography and editing are phenomenal and the score is an incredible blend of different genres that work so well. It’s so sad that the director hasn’t been able to do much outside of this film other than television episodes because she has talent. Thank god she’s doing the remake of The Last of the Mohicans so she can showcase how great she is. This is a phenomenal film and if you love a good character study I couldn’t recommend this enough!
This movie has a very Erie feel, or tone to the whole movie. Even before you find out what's going on it kind of makes you uneasy. I've never been so conflicted watching a movie. Sympathy, Empathy, Rage, Resistance, Nausea, Hope, Fear... This movie shows you a Human being, that is exactly that. Human. Not to say that this movie doesn't have it's cringe worthy moments, because I almost had to turn it off at one point & I still can't be certain how I feel about it.
Definitely worth the watch...
Kevin Bacon is excellent as the main character.
He delivers such a deep interpretation and a bold one too. I think the plot and story is an important one to tell and very difficoult as well so I sallute to anyone involved in this film because tackles a subjects that need to be descussed. It doesn't get too involved in the analysis of pedophilia but it was interesting to see a man confronting himself for being the way he is. Also, it was nice to see a character with such a turbulent past show simpathy for him. A very human approach to the subject matter.
A beautiful and complicated film to watch and understand. From my point of view, that is what makes it really outstanding.
a sharp, bold and poignant story of human error and consequence. this shit was heavy as fuck. legitimately had my stomach turned in 8 different ways. moved me to my core. i sobbed at this picture. powerhouse cinema at it's purest and most unrelenting
Been on my watchlist quite literally for as long as I can remember.
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