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Off the Map


Time Out says

This whimsical if somewhat obscure desert movie, adapted by Joan Ackermann from her own play, is in the likeable vein of Bagdad Café. A taxman ventures deep into New Mexico to audit the books of a gloomy, catatonic homesteader (Elliott) who lives with his family in a home without so much as a telephone. The winsome, Wonder Years-style voice-over which begins the film (spoken by Elliott's daughter) is an irritation, but there's a deadpan, surrealist humour here which is very easy to warm to. Allen excels as the free-thinking, hippyish wife and Elliott, though he seldom speaks, has gravitas and screen presence a-plenty. Director Scott strikes a leisurely but beguiling tempo.

Release Details

  • Duration:111 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Campbell Scott
  • Screenwriter:Joan Ackermann
  • Cast:
    • Joan Allen
    • Sam Elliott
    • Valentina de Angelis
    • JK Simmons
    • Jim True-Frost
    • Amy Brenneman
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