A man finds himself falling into addiction after the death of his only child. His wife, family and work are all demanding and under all his pressures, he must learn to swim or risk drowning.
I thought this was a good representation of a functioning addict's life. I think it is only fair to say that people never start taking meds or using drugs because they wanted to become addicts. Life his hard. Demands are many. Tragedy can come unannounced and both mental and emotional health are looked down on. The cost of treatment is unattainable for many, leaving them to their own devices when trying to cope. It's sad. We need to start teaching the importance of mental, emotion and physical health as well as coping skills. At least that could be a key starting point for future generations. The teachings in home life are not always adequate and we owe our children the hope of a better future. They need these tools.
The film is a slow burner but it manages to pull the viewer into it. While I don't recall ever hearing why the daughter passed away, I realize that the film wasn't so much about her death. It is more about coping. The somber feel for the atmosphere was spot on. It wasn't over done. Some of the nature scenes were videoed beautifully. (I personally loved all the stream/creek scenes.)
This isn't a bad watch. Glad I came across it.
BACK FORK is the story of an everyman, WAYLON, struggling to hold his life and family together after a heartbreaking tragedy. He and his wife, NIDA, barely recognize themselves, let alone each other. Their inability to continue on and to heal, leaves them hopeless. With the growing burden of the unanswered questions of why, and a heavy dose of self-blame, It's only a matter of time before Waylon turns to the magic of the pills to make the problems disappear. He finds a kindred spirit in his sister, RAYLENE, as he sleep walks through life with addiction. It's only a matter of time until Waylon finds himself at a crossroads. He learns that he's been asking the wrong question all along. The question isn't why, rather, where do I go from here? He's then able to see that we're all wounded animals. Sometimes we die, but sometimes we live.
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April 11, 2019 at 04:00 PM