Prince Avalanche is an odd, charming, beautifully shot film whose setting plays as vital a role as the characters that inhabit it.
It is the summer of 1988, and two not-so-young-anymore men—Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch)—are doing road work in and around a Texas forest recently mangled by a wildfire. They camp amid charred trees by night and paint yellow lines on asphalt by day. An air of calm—accentuated by a spare score from the post-rock band Explosions in the Sky—permeates the movie’s first few scenes, as Alvin and Lance, the brother of Alvin’s girlfriend, do their work in silence. Read More