THE LAND OF OWLS – A Digital HD Review by John Strange

THE LAND OF OWLS – A Digital HD Review by John Strange

The fun of reviewing films is about more than getting to see the latest mega-blockbusters early, it’s also seeing the small independent films that are made for more than just money.  Patrick Letteri’s The Land Of Owls is a film from the latter category.  The film follows two couples who go to a remote location in the Catskill Mountains to receive couples counseling. 

The couples, played by David Rysdahl with Emma Duncan and Ronald Peet with Ricardo Dávila, are working on intimacy issues.  Their sessions are aimed at assisting them to find a way past those issues. 

These sessions are led by a woman, played by Jasmin Walker, who lives in the remote site and trying to continue to help others.

This is a quiet little film that is filled with the individual’s angst as they strive to remain one-half of a couple.  And as in life, finding the truth, each individual’s personal truth, isn’t always going to make each of them happy.  But happiness is only one component of what the counseling is helping each look for.  Finding their truth will eventually lead them to happiness, though not necessarily the happiness they had hoped for.

This film surprised me by staying true to its truth.  It never got off track but gently guided us as the counselor guided each of the individuals to their truth.  This isn’t a film for everyone but for those who like to see a good story without violence and blood, but with a small smattering of sex used properly in the story, this is a good one for you.  For what it is, I give it a nice 4.5-stars.

 

Directed By:

  • Patrick Letteri

Cast:

  • Ricardo Dávila, Blake DeLong, Emma Duncan, Emma Lahti, Ronald Peet, David Rysdahl, Jasmin Walker

Specifications:

Runtime:

Feature:

  • 79 Minutes

Studio:

  • First Run Features

Release Date:

Digital:

  • 08/17/2021

Streaming Sites:

  • Apple TV, iTunes, Amazon

Region:

  • A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)

Language:

  • Italian with English Subtitles

Trailer:

MPAA Rating:

  • NR

Selig Rating:

Film Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Bonus Features Rating:

  • NA

Picture Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

Audio Quality Rating:

  • 5 Stars

 

Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost

4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale

3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used

2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning

1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks

0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target

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