Disregarded as an exploitation film (complete with tacked-on nude scenes) before dropping out of sight completely for forty years, this remarkable rediscovery has been hailed as an important classic in the New American Cinema tradition of Shadows, Wanda, The Exiles, and Killer of Sheep. Steeped with regional flavor, the story is set in a backwater of southeastern Ohio, where a young man impregnates a young woman who may or may not be his sister. Forcefully blending cinéma-vérité immersion with art-film sophistication, this unique film is a tour de force of sustained ambiguity, from the uncertain blood relationship between the two main characters to the idyllic/infernal nature of the world in which they live. “A compelling and beautiful drama that held its own with the very best of independent cinema.”—Ross Lipman, Sight and Sound.
Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute.