The Price of Silence

Small towns often have large stories to them. Not quite a bucolic as you might think. The town which Kira (Lynn Macinelli – Bad Frank, The Winning Season) grew up in is just that type.

She seems to have some issues, does Kira. Based on the few scenes we get with a woman she has slept with and her therapist, we see someone who is unstable. Things don’t get any better when she has to return home for her father’s funeral. Kira gets along great with her brother Lucas (Emrhys Cooper – Mamma Mia!, Birthday Cake), who is a struggling painter, but her mother Sheila (Kristin Carey – Hall Pass, Starcrossed) is a whole other story. There is obviously some history.

That is besides the fact that Kira seems to have reoccurring nightmares, is an alcoholic and is quite promiscuous. Both of the latter two seem to get her into a bunch of trouble with a variety of people.

The town she grew up in is controlled by the wealthy Richard Davenport (Richard Thomas – Wonder Boys, It), a man Kira seems to have issues with. This despite the fact that he was a friend of her deceased father and has generously offered to pay all of the costs related to the funeral.

Something is going on. Secrets are being kept. Things are going to implode as a result.

The story here is revealed just like the peeling of an onion. A layer at a time. We find out a little more then a little more. We begin to understand why characters behave the way they do. Soon, who we thought were the issue become the victim. Nothing is as simple as it might first seem.

Sexual assault is at the heart of everything. The Price of Silence shows the damage it can have on everyone involved. And how that damage can go on for a lifetime.

As this is an indie film there are some peaks and valleys to be found. Some of the acting is rather good, especially from Richard Thomas and Lynn Macinelli. Macinelli does a good job with a tricky role. Lends plenty of realism to a character who has been completely shattered by what happened to her. Some of that is sabotaged by the terrible camera angles and cinematography. It is so bad it is rather distracting in patches.

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