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"Nothing can undo the past."

Inspired by Fechter's play bearing an identical title, The Woodsman is a drama movie that was launched in 2004. The movie revolves around temptation, contempt, and a man's struggle to fit himself into society after being imprisoned for 12 years. The movie cast includes Kevin Bacon, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, and Kyra Sedgwick. The movie spent a production budget of $2.5 million and grossed a Box Office hit of $4.5 million.

The storyline begins with Walter, an ex-convict played by Kevin Bacon, returns to his hometown in Philadelphia succeeding his sentence of 12 years in prison because of a child molestation case. After being locked up behind bars for so long, Walter must now fit himself with the outside world and endure the isolation, disdain, and solitude of his community. While struggling with all of these life challenges, Walter must also learn to bypass any provocations that may reignite his unhealthy and unlawful desires.

Left by his family and friends, Walter lives in an apartment proximate to an elementary school, which is an apparent source of provocations. He is helped and watched over by his brother-in-law named Carlos, played by Benjamin Bratt. Walter starts fresh and heads to the town's lumber mill to apply for a job. He encounters Vicki, a lumber mill worker played by Kyra Sedgwick. Immediately, they fall in love with each other.

After sleeping with his colleague, Walter unravels his haunting past of molesting young girls. Stunned and confused upon hearing such personal information, she tries to gather herself and look for the proper response. But before she can, Walter sends her out of the room. Walter is visited regularly by a suspicious, rude, and provocative law enforcement officer, Lucas. He warns Walter that he is simply waiting for the ex-con's psychological condition to recur.

As the movie progresses, Walter finds himself surrounded by temptations. He also discovers another child molester in their area, whom he later beats up after he finds the man had molested a young boy.

| 2004 | 1 hr 27 min | 7.2/10 | 72/100
Kevin Bacon, David Alan Grier, Eve, Kyra Sedgwick
Newmarket Films
Nicole Kassell
The Woodsman

Also directed by Nicole Kassell

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