Photo courtesy of Dallas International Film Festival
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Child of God is the twisted tale of Lester Ballard, an orphan who has become an outsider in his own stomping ground of Sevier County, Tennessee. Ever since his father committed suicide, Lester has lived alone in the wilderness, keeping himself company with his own muttering by day and creeping outside lovers’ parked cars like a veritable boogeyman at night. When he happens upon the already-dead bodies of a young couple, Lester takes home his own trophy wife of sorts, hoisting her into his shack like some macabre wedding ritual. Soon Lester’s lust for fresh flesh grows, forcing local officer Deputy Cotton (Jim Parrack) into action.