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We just saw the nifty, Saul Bass-ish poster for the Fantastic Fest presentation of Red White & Blue, which is one of the four festival films that IFC Midnight is bringing to VOD this week alongside their FF showings. Now there’s a trailer for the film, and seeing the footage on display here makes the poster look like a very soft sell. If the film is as intense as this footage and reviews out of SXSW suggest, it could be quite a ride.

The Living and the Dead‘s Simon Rumley directed this one. At SXSW, Cinematical said “Rumley’s gritty-looking film is low budget, but it bears none of the low-budget trappings that destroy films crafted by lesser talents. It is not spiteful; it is not hateful; but it is beautiful in a supremely unnerving, macabre way,” while Twitch called it “Engrossing, moving and terrifying by turns…a fantastically atmospheric slice of Americana, a beautifully scripted character drama, a horrifying revenge thriller and ultimately even a profoundly affecting love story.”

Those are serious raves, and while I might place my expectations quite a bit lower than that, simply based on what we can see in this trailer I’d be happy to find the film works as a thriller and character study. Anything more: bonus.

Here’s the official synopsis, which like the trailer, comes via UGO:

Erica (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER’s Amanda Fuller) is a tough, troubled nymphomaniac with wounds across her soul. For Erica, sleeping with multiple men forms the core of her life, until she meets the mysterious Iraq vet Nate (THE PROPOSITION’s Noah Taylor). Despite his quiet air of danger, Nate’s the only guy who doesn’t immediately want to sleep with her, and the two form a hesitant bond. But in a shocking twist, one of Erica’s earlier sexual encounters, with wannabe rock star Franki (Mark Senter), will have unexpected – and devastating – consequences on both of their lives. Hard-edged and uncompromising, RED WHITE & BLUE, from director Simon Rumley (THE LIVING AND THE DEAD), has already been compared to the works of such disparate filmmakers as Larry Clark and Sam Peckinpah.

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