Nicolas Cage dials it back — slightly — in David Gordon Green’s Joe, a dark and gritty Southern gothic indie based on Larry Brown’s 1992 novel. Cage plays Joe, an ex-con who sticks out his neck for the poor kid (Mud‘s Tye Sheridan) who joins his tree-chopping work crew. The boy has promise, but his father, a vile degenerate played by the late Gary Poulter, threatens to smother all that is innocent.
The film played the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and though it still doesn’t have a U.S. release date (Roadside Attractions is planning a 2014 release), the European trailer is now available. Watch it below, and then read about Poulter’s tragic story.