Dink (Ujon Tokarski), a long-troubled itinerant carpenter returns home to small town Vermont and attempts to build a log cabin by hand, hoping to free himself from a cycle of poverty and addiction.
Josh Melrod’s quiet but powerful drama moves at its own deliberate pace as the filmmaker allows us to slowly get to know what makes Dink tick as well as what’s holding him back. The self-imposed isolation the character endures suggests that he’s atoning for past sins, as the arduous work he undertakes has the air of penance. There’s an intimacy to this film that’s difficult to achieve and the fly-on-the-wall aesthetic Melrod creates effectively underscores the power of Dink’s plight and ultimately, the poignancy that develops around it. Quiet, but memorable. 3 Stars.