Debut director Nicole Kassell compassionately explores the troubled psyche of a former pedophile struggling with inner demons and external obstacles to lead a normal life.
Kevin Bacon gives a vulnerable and brave performance as Walter, an ex-convict sex offender recently released after a 12-year prison sentence. Walter goes between his day at a Philadelphia lumber yard and his lonely apartment, uncomfortably located across the street from a grade school.
"The Woodsman" is a thoughtful and difficult film adapted from a stage play by Steven Fechter that dares to look deep into the mind of a pedophile, and the social environment surrounding this character's specific example. It is a profoundly responsible film made by a very talented, and benevolent, ensemble of cast and crew.
Rated R. 87 mins. (A-) (Four Stars)