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Blood Stripe (2017)




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Our Sergeant (Kate Nowlin) returns home to a small town in Minnesota, having just completed her third tour with the Marines in Afghanistan. But this time, her usual homecoming rituals with her husband (Chris Sullivan) and her family give Our Sergeant no solace. Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, it is clear that in addition to the shrapnel scars she bears on her torso, Our Sergeant carries unseen wounds. It is only a matter of time before she can no longer bottle up her trauma and a boisterous welcome home party provokes her into an explosive outburst. Her husband is at a loss, the VA seems an impossible option. Our Sergeant has nowhere to turn, and so she runs... deep into the North Woods. Discovering a picturesque summer camp on the shores of Lake Vermilion, Our Sergeant seeks refuge with the plainspoken overseer, Dot (Rusty Schwimmer) as she closes down the place for the season. In the quiet company of Dot and a visiting minister, Art (Rene Auberjonois), Our Sergeant works at the camp and at first finds solace and some distance from her past. But she cannot outrun her own heart of darkness and, as paranoia overtakes her, the pristine wilderness becomes fraught with peril. In her deepest need, Our Sergeant turns to a fisherman who lives on the lake - a solitary figure with scars of his own (Tom Lipinski). When their smoldering connection ignites, Our Sergeant is spun so violently out of herself, she may never return...

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Kate Nowlin
as Our Seargeant
Tom Lipinski
as The Fisherman
Kirsten Gregerson
as Carol Swanson
Greta Oglesby
as Bartender
Sunde Auberjonois
as Young Sergeant
Jeremy Johnson
as 1st Hunter
David Clay
as 2nd Hunter
Mason Jennings
as Campfire Singer
Benson Ramsey
as Campfire Singer
Scotty Nelson
as Landing Bartender
Taliesan Cox
as Fisherman's Son
Joel Abenth
as Camp Retreater
Patti Alt
as Camp Retreater
Jim Aune
as Camp Retreater
Heather Chaulkin
as Camp Retreater
Liz Cheney
as Camp Retreater
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Made with passion, integrity and skill, "Blood Stripe" is American independent filmmaking at its most effective. It takes on a difficult subject and treats it with an honesty that can't help but capture us from start to finish.

October 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The script relies on subtext and Ms. Nowlin's expressions to convey her condition. She's up to the task; even in the many silent moments, she's compelling.

September 28, 2017 | Full Review…

[Kate] Nowlin's performance, however, is a marvel of inner turmoil and physical exertion, as Sarge struggles to contain her destructive impulses or channel them into more productive pursuits.

September 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Auberjonois' polished feature debut provides an impressive showcase for co-scenarist Kate Nowlin as a career Marine derailed by PTSD upon return to civilian life.

June 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Blood Stripe illustrates with the clear eyes of a docudrama and the queasy tension of the thriller genre.

December 10, 2020 | Full Review…

An emotionally intense film. . . A strong and well crafted, yet nuanced script, the tacit commentary on PTSD and the lack of proper services and assistance to returning soldiers speaks sensitively and loudly.

November 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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