Big Bad Love


1h 51m 2001

Brief Synopsis

The tale of struggling writer Leon Barlow who is trying to make fiction from his past, his dreams, and the dim sound of the future bearing down on him. Divorced from his wife Marilyn, Vietnam veteran Leon has problems with alcohol and rarely gets to visit with his two children. Spending much of his

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
IFC Films
Location
Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

Synopsis

The tale of struggling writer Leon Barlow who is trying to make fiction from his past, his dreams, and the dim sound of the future bearing down on him. Divorced from his wife Marilyn, Vietnam veteran Leon has problems with alcohol and rarely gets to visit with his two children. Spending much of his time drinking and writing in North Mississippi hill country, Leon's only friend is his war buddy Monroe, who is puzzling over his own consuming love for a funeral home heiress. Leon struggles to balance his need to create with the needs of those around him. He manages to catch up on his alimony and child support payments, earning a weekend with his children, but he's disappointed with Marilyn's lack of support. While his wife haunts him, his mother sees in her son the return and demise of her beloved husband again... Things in Leon's life seem only to decline even further, until a sudden tragedy occurs...

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
IFC Films
Location
Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 51m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 8, 2002

Released in United States May 2001

Released in United States September 2001

Released in United States Winter February 22, 2002

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) May 9-20, 2001.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 6-15, 2001.

Feature directorial debut for actor Arliss Howard.

Released in United States Winter February 22, 2002

Released in United States March 8, 2002 (NuArt; Los Angeles)

Released in United States May 2001 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) May 9-20, 2001.)

Released in United States September 2001 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) September 6-15, 2001.)