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Stray Dogs (2001)

Cast: Guinevere Turner, Bill Sage, Marianne Jones, more...
Director: Catherine Crouch
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Echelon Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Features
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

A woman looking for some familial support as she tries to break things off with her no-good husband finds that her sister-in-law's interest in her troubles is more that just friendly in this drama. Darla Carter (Guinevere Turner) is a woman living in the rural south with her husband, Myers (Bill Sage). Myers is handsome and sporadically charming, but that's about all he has going for him; he can't hold a job, he drinks too much, he often disappears without warning or explanation, and he has a violent streak. Darla has just about had her fill with Myers, and wants to kick him out of the house. However, when Darla discovers she's pregnant, she hesitates, wondering if keeping Myers around might be the best thing for her child. Concluding that she'd be better off without him, Darla decides to confront Myers with his misdeeds, and asks her sister-in-law, Jolene (Dot-Marie Jones), to join her for moral support. However, Darla is seemingly ignorant of the fact that Jolene is a lesbian, and shares her brother's attraction to Darla. Stray Dogs was the debut feature from director Catherine Crouch; Crouch also wrote the screenplay, adapted from a stage drama by Julie Jensen. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

More: Stray Dogs, adapted by director Catherine Crouch from Julie Jensen's play of the same name, is a character-driven period piece that serves as a showcase for fine acting. Set in 1958 Appalachia, the film is a Southern gothic tale about the last night of a bad marriage. Guinevere Turner, star and co-writer of Go Fish, stars. "Don't mistake Stray Dogs for a work of feminist agit-prop. Crouch's sympathies are magnificently even-handed," says Gay Today. "Her instinctive humanism displays an appreciation for the psychological effects of this core illusion on all of her characters. It mirrors the way audience enjoyment of the Southern Gothic films took very personal forms. People empathize with Stanley, Blanche, and Stella in different ways; there are plenty of seats on that streetcar named desire. Crouch has a more expansive, inquiring vision. She's the artist as stray dog." The script occasionally lets the actors down with some clunky parts, but it's a strong dramatic tale nonetheless.

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