Desperation, depression, and defeat, arriving all at once, are perfect reasons for a man wanting to take his two sons and retreat, to distance himself and hide from his family and his past. The fatigued patriarch of Undertow (2004) grabs his two boys and scratches out a secure place in the Georgia backwoods. The rural calm, the slow pace of country life, the isolation from big-city issues and the troubles of the world at large--a semblance of peace can be assumed in the comfort of this quiet embrace. But the man’s brother is released from prison, and he moves out to the new homestead, wanting to join the only family he’s got. Naturally, tragically, and unavoidably, his arrival tears them all apart.