Taglines: One town. One life. One wrong turn.
The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Ethan (Thomas Dekker), one of the town’s residents, is a young father but not much more than a kid himself. He has no choice but to look after his three-year-old son Nate, since mom Cindy (Lynn Collins) is an alcoholic. But one snowy day, Ethan’s good intentions are thwarted by a moment of thoughtlessness, resulting in tragedy.
A local prosecutor (Jeremy Piven) haunted by his past goes after Ethan, and the ensuing confusion and casting of blame begins to tear the town apart. Directed by Gaby Dellal and based on the novel by Leslie Schwartz, Angels Crest also stars Elizabeth McGovern, Joseph Morgan, Mira Sorvino and Kate Walsh.
It is very hard to warrant making a film about the death of a child. It is the ultimate tragedy. An experience that no one ever wants to conceive. As a mother of three boys, I asked myself time and again why I was attracted to this story. We all have our own demons to exorcise and perhaps grief is one that fascinates me.
Angel’s Crest is an exploration of a terrifying journey; a very young man has to take because of one moment of carelessness. It is an examination of the hardship of love and the ties that bind us, and loss and the inevitable grief that moulds us.
As a director I want to pay some sort of homage to those who have suffered extraordinarily and honor those who have died far too young. As parents we all do the best we can and this small community embodies a cross section of parents struggling to do their best.
Everyone on the film was moved, united, and pained by the tragic story and the actors raw and honest performances is a testament to this. I hope that through their work and the visual, musical and editorial interpretation, we succeeded to do justice to such an enormous subject.
Angels Crest is an American-Canadian independent drama film directed by Gaby Dellal and starring Thomas Dekker and Mira Sorvino. The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Leslie Schwartz.
Directed by: Gaby Dellal
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Kate Walsh, Mira Sorvino, Thomas Dekker, Lynn Collins, Elizabeth McGovern
Screenplay by: Leslie Schwartz, Catherine Trieschmann
Production Design by: Louise Middleton
Cinematography by: David Johnson
Film Editing by; Mick Audsley, Giles Bury
Costume Design by: Christine Thomson
Set Decoration by: Renee Baril
Art Direction by: Cathy Cowan
Music by: Stephen Warbeck
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: December 30, 2011