Little Dixie

  • 105'
  • United States
  • 2023

Erstwhile Special Forces operative Doc Alexander is asked to broker a truce with the Mexican drug cartel in secrecy. When Oklahoma Governor Richard Jeffs celebrates the execution of a high-ranking cartel member on TV, his Chief of Staff and Doc inform him about the peace he just ended. But it’s too late, as Cuco, the cartel’s hatchet man, has set his vengeful sights on Doc’s daughter Dixie.

They don’t make ’em like Little Dixie anymore: honed to the bone, all gestures and actions, only a few words. Too many genre films these days try to create meaning by piling ideas and intentions on their narrative frames. John Swab, as always, works the other way around. Meaning and depth come from taking away whatever is superfluous – by reducing the plot to its bare essence and the characters to their core trades and tricks.

Ultimately, Little Dixie feels like the pulp fiction version of a Giacometti sculpture, all fearful symmetries and mirror images. A gem of crime cinema at its purest and most philosophical, proudly featuring noir’s new darling, Frank Grillo.

 

Olaf Möller

Director
John Swab
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
United States
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Jeremy Rosen
Production Company
Roxwell Films
Sales
Paramount Pictures
Screenplay
John Swab
Cinematography
Will Stone
Editor
Andrew Aaronson
Production Design
Jose Cavazos
Sound Design
Mike Frank
Music
David Sardy
Cast
Frank Grillo, Eric Dane, Annabeth Gish, Beau Knapp