starring Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, Elisabeth Rohm, Jared Ivers
written by Don M. Thompson, Matthew Pope
directed by Matthew Pope
by Walter Chaw As assured and compulsive a feature debut as the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple, Matthew Pope's Blood On Her Name does a fair job of simulating what it's like to be inside a panic attack. A rural noir that has its roots in the bonds of family and the economic terror that threatens at every moment to destroy those bonds, the film's hero is small-business owner Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind), abandoned by a no-account husband and left with a failing automotive business and a son who has to meet periodically with a parole officer. The kid, Ryan (Jared Ivers), is a high-school student who blinded a classmate in one eye for teasing him about his missing dad. But he's a "good kid," Leigh says. She believes it so much that she says it a few times to different people throughout the film. Ryan's parole officer (Tony Vaughan) says he's been in the business a long time and good kids don't end up sitting in a booth at some small-town diner across from him. We may think he's a dick for saying so, but he's been doing this for a long time and probably knows something we don't.