The spirit of Flannery O'Connor hangs heavy over this grim tale of good and evil in the backwoods of North Carolina, but the film is actually an adaptation of a novel by Canadian writer Leon Rooke. Early one morning, while hunting squirrels in the misty
green hills of rural North Carolina, Raymond Toker, the youngest member of the God-forsaken Toker clan #151; and the only one in the family who's both alive and out of jail — stumbles across a newborn baby, swaddled in a bloody shirt and left to die under a laurel bush. Raymond takes the infant back to town, but the local
women have enough troubles — and kids — of their own. Only Josephine Priddy (Cara Seymour), a f...