Gardens of the Night

Movies, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
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Ferociously queasy-making for its first half before flatlining into banality, Damian Harris’s part-brilliant, part-boring look at child abuse outlines the emotional trajectory and psychological fallout of a young life, from suburban innocent to urban gutter trash. But the opening hour is harrowing in a way few films dare: To watch the terrified young Leslie (Ryan Simpkins) receive platitudes of affection from her doughy goofball kidnapper (Arnold) as he peddles her flesh is to witness stomach-churning evil.

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Release details

Rated:
R
Release date:
Friday November 7 2008
Duration:
110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Damian Harris
Screenwriter:
Damian Harris
Cast:
Tom Arnold
Gillian Jacobs
Evan Ross
Ryan Simpkins
John Malkovich
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