CRYING OUT ( A L’ORIGINE D’UN CRI)
CWC D: Robin Aubert w/ Jean Lapointe, Michel Barrette. Canada. 115 min. Sep 11, 9 pm AMC 3; Sep 12, 11 am AMC 4 Rating: NNNNN A man, his father and grandfather are out on the road with a whole lot of hate, heartache, booze and even a corpse. Crying Out is a melodrama that strives for shock value at the expense of conviction.
Aubert takes every opportunity to show lurid sex, child abuse, a grown man breastfeeding and many, many violent outbursts. It may be difficult to watch, but it’s very easy to forget, since the manipulative film barely persuades us to care about the characters or their redemption. Nonetheless, Aubert salvages some touching visuals – like one of a man lovingly bathing his dead wife – from this sensational mess.