Gritty, grainy, and based on the diary of a teen runaway, Rick Charnoski’s debut, Warm Blood, paints an immersive, impressionistic portrait. A scuffed-up, messy glimpse at places people often look away from, the film tracks Red (Haley Isaacson) as she returns to a seedy Modesto, California in the late-1980s searching for her father.
With a river choked by toxic agribusiness runoff, people face poverty, an omnipresent, oppressive despair, lingering violence, and the inherent desolation of a place full of broken souls with no options or hope. [Grade: B]
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