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WHAT ALICE FOUND
USA: Castle Hill
Cast: Judith Ivey, Bill Raymond, Emily Grace, Jane Lincoln Taylor, Justin Parkinson, Tim Hayes, Lucas Papaelias, Katheryn Winnick, Tom Tumminello, John Knox, David Rose, Rita Fredericks, Clint Jordan, Matt Campbell, Michael C Maronna, Laura Poe, Greg Jackson, Lisa Balkun, Brian De Benedictis, Martin Pfefferkorn
Director: A Dean Bell
USA: 96 mins
USA Rated: R for strong sexuality, nudity and language
USA Release Date: 19 December 2003 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and San Francisco)
USA Release Date: 5 December 2003 (Limited Release - New York)
Alice (Emily Grace), 18, seems never to have found her place, neither in her native New Hampshire nor in her own skin. A demoralizing job and a depressed mother conspire to become an increasingly bleak wind at her back, eventually blowing this lonely bird out onto the open road. She heads south to her friend Julie in Florida. Hope. Warmth?
Not long into her escape, things go horribly wrong. First a couple of drooling rednecks pull along side, attempting to force her over for sex. Then her car malfunctions and dies just off the highway ramp. Her hidden stash of cash disappears. Was it the rednecks? Suddenly into her desperate chaos, step two mysterious Samaritans.
Sandra and Bill (Judith Ivey and Bill Raymond) are a retired couple, apparently on permanent vacation in their roomy RV with all the amenities. They offer to take the girl all the way to Florida. Alice climbs aboard. The flinty, no-nonsense Bill does all the driving and the wisecracking, earthy Sandra does most of the talking. The irresistible southern belle says she's a mom and plays the role to the hilt for the needy young woman on her own for the first time. Though not quick to trust, Alice gradually takes to her generous surrogate parents.
Just when her situation appears idyllic, Alice puts things together, making an uneasy discovery about just how Sandra and Bill make their living. Is it by design or her choice that the penniless Alice enters their world?