There was a little bit of buzz surrounding Zachary Sluser's adaptation of Tom Drury's book, The Driftless Area, back when it was first announced in 2014. That was largely due to the strong cast he had put together for the surreal romance, including Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, Aubrey Plaza, and more. But the film played at Tribeca last year and quietly disappeared, suggesting it may not be so hot. However it's due to get a VOD release soon and the first trailer for it is here to convince you it's worth checking out.
Also starring John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Ciarin Hinds, and Frank Langella, the film sounds like so many others, centering on a man who returns to his hometown and falls in love with a mysterious and possibly dangerous woman. Here's the synopsis:
“No one knows if Pierre fell for the wrong girl or was just unlucky in love.” Based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury, Zachary Sluser’s neo-noir, metaphysical romance centers on a budding love affair that causes a ripple effect in a quiet town. After his parents’ death, an affable bartender, Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), returns to his childhood home where he falls for the enigmatic Stella (Zooey Deschanel), a stunning woman with an elusive past. Pierre finds himself pulled into a cat-and-mouse game with an incompetent yet destructive criminal (John Hawkes). Braced with a duffel bag full of cash and unyielding optimism, an unveiling mystery sets Pierre down a path that will determine all of their fates.
The Driftless Area hits VOD and DVD on April 26th.