In the movie Bluebird, which has its world premiere Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, John Slattery and Amy Morton play a married couple living in a decaying logging town in Maine. Richard is one of the anxious loggers worried that the nearby paper mill is about to shut down, Lesley drives the town’s children to school on the bus.
But life for them goes from bleak to worse one frigid day when Lesley is distracted by a rare bluebird and makes a slight mistake on her bus after school. “It’s very much about a small town and what happens when a tragic incident occurs to everybody in that town,” says Morton (Broadway’s August: Osage County). “The rest of the movie is about her trying to find atonement. And she goes about it in various ways. For a little while, you think she might be crazy — she might be just going literally crazy.”
Watch the chilling exclusive scene of the morning after Lesley’s accident below:
Bluebird is the first feature film from Maine native Lance Edmands, and the cast also includes Louisa Krause (Martha Marcy May Marlene) — who plays the child’s erratic mother — Emily Meade (Boardwalk Empire), Margo Martindale (Justified), and Adam Driver (Girls).
The Tribeca Film Festival runs until April 28.