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Hamish Linklater
'Redemption Trail' bogs down in excessive restraint
'Redemption Trail' bogs down in excessive restraint

The slow progress of a wound scabbing over and flaking back into smoothness is dramatized in writer-director Britta Sjogren's restrained trauma drama, "Redemption Trail." The paths of medical doctor Anna (Lily Rabe) and paroled criminal Tess (LisaGay Hamilton) cross when the felon finds the physician lying unconscious in the woods after a failed suicide attempt. As revealed in the film's first act, Anna has run away from her husband (Hamish Linklater) after inadvertently leading their 8-year-old daughter to her death. Unable to return to her former life, Anna takes up residence at Tess' ranch while her reluctant hostess comes to terms with her own regret-choked...