Spoken Word

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As a rural patriarch (Blades) is dying of cancer, he’s reunited with his estranged offspring, Raymond (Elias) and Cruz (Becker)—his black-sheep son who fled for the poetry circuit of San Francisco. Filmmaker Victor Nunez (Ulee’s Gold) pairs evocative locales—beatnik Bay Area, bucolic rural New Mexico—with fleeting asides of poetry (penned by the Santa Fe--based writer Joe Ray Sandoval); these meditative detours both elevate a routine story arc and tap into tangled, twisted familial roots.—S. James Snyder

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