Maine is one of my favorite states. My wife and I have visited there frequently: Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Portland, Kennebunk, Belfast, Eastport, and many other spots. It’s a state that is visually wide open and very much New England. I fell in love with New England about the same time I fell in love with my wife, she’s originally from Massachusetts. Over the years, every state that makes up New England, but the two we continue to return and visit are Vermont and Maine.
Easter Cove is a quaint fishing town that lies along the Northeastern seaboard’s rocky coast. At first glance, it looks like a typical small atmospheric New England sea town, but underneath the layers, there are many dirty deeds being done. Mary Beth Connelly (Morgan Saylor) and her sister, Priscilla (Sophie Lowe) just lost their mother. They’ve been taking caring of Mom and running the family store. Now with Mom gone, Mary Beth is itching to leave town and spread her wings, leaving her sister Priscilla to handle the store, the house, and all the bills that are piling up.
Still, in her funeral clothes, Mary Beth ends up in a dive bar getting too drunk to care about anything. A local dude approaches her, and she soon ends up in his car driving wildly. A sequence of violent events ends the twosomes time together when Mary Beth trying to get away from the dude find a handy harpoon and turns it into a deadly revenge piece. With a dead body and some found money on their hands, the story leads the sisters down a dangerous and deadly road.
Blow the Man Down is a weirdly funny, violent, and cold film with a twist of feminist noir. The dialogue is smart and as sharp as the harpoon which as I mentioned is a deadly point in the story. There’s an excellent supporting cast beginning with Margo Martindale as the town’s Madam, and June Squibb, Annette O’Toole, and Marceline Hugot as the town’s local busybodies.
Watching the co-directors and co-writers, Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, debut feature will remind you of the Coen brothers classic, Fargo, though admittedly it’s not as good. But that said, Blow the Man Down is a savage, black comedy gem. You’re not in Cabot Cove anymore!