The Woodsman

The Woodsman

What kind of character do you suppose would top the American moviegoing public’s list of hardest to sympathize with? Not far down from “Islamic terrorist,” I suspect, would be the protagonist of Nicole Kassell’s gritty and disturbing debut film, The Woodsman-a character so universally loathed that portraying him constitutes an act of cinematic courage for director and actor alike.

Shot in Philadelphia, The Woodsman surveys a hard...

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Rand Richards Cooper, one of Commonweal's film critics, is the author of two works of fiction, The Last To Go and Big as Life.