Don’t Come Knocking (2005)

MV5BMTA2MzI3MjM4MDReQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDI2MDMyMzE@._V1_Don’t Come Knocking” is one of those slow movies you need to take your time to watch and relax, let the imagery work on you and soak up the atmosphere, dive into the characters and join them on their journey. If you do that you will be well entertained.

We follow Howard (Sam Sheppard) who once was a big Western movie star on his journey to find himself. He decides to cast aside everything and disappears from a movie set over night, taking refuge at his mother’s place whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in over 30 years.

While there is a deep melancholy cast over the whole journey it is not depressing, it is just life. Howard is a burned out cowboy who does no longer know what to do with himself, helplessly meandering through life without home or purpose. Arriving at his mother’s place he finds out that he may have a son up in Montana where he shot a movie once. Driven by the small glimmer of hope to finally find “meaning” he continues his journey still uncertain and mortally afraid of what lies ahead and what to do once he get’s there.

The actors are all excellent and the dialogue is spot on. The scenery is beautiful and the sound track is complementing as if painting a still life.

Sutter played by Tim Roth is the antipode to Howard and by his definition any outside influence has to be avoided at all cost, even turning on the radio when driving must be avoided. Keep the world out. Sutter basically is the subplot, the insurance agent hired to track down the disappeared movie actor and bring him back to the set so the film crew can continue shooting and the insurance company does not have to pay an incredulous amount of money. It’s quite bizzare and funny and Tim Roth is delivering a great performance, esp. when the eccentric Sutter is shaving himself with his electric razor out in the desert or sniffing a freshly baked cookie. Hilarious.

So, who is Howard? Where is Howard? He disappeared himself… go find the answers.


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