Sam Hunt walks through a neighborhood, his hands in his pockets.
On the porch, a woman holds onto her baby as her husband, brother-in-law and their friends hang out, drinking beer and smoking. The woman talks to the baby and plays while keeping an eye on her husband.
Her husband kisses her on the forehead and says goodbye. At the clothing store, she walks around with a cart and gets excited when she sees a blouse she likes. She holds it to her chest and asks her friend what she thinks of it. Her friend watches the baby while the woman changes in the fitting room. Her friend exclaims, “wow!”
Back at home, her husband continues to drink and smoke. He wipes off his gun.
At the bar, Hunt walks in with his guitar and begins to set up. The woman cleans off a table.
In town, he sees her at the laundromat and smiles at her when she comes in with a garbage bag full of clothes. As she waits for her clothes to dry, she sobs.
Back at the home, the woman cleans off the table in the family room of cigarette butts and beer cans. She wakes up her husband, who is sleeping on the couch.
However, at work, the woman’s husband asks to have a word with her. They talk in the corner. A woman looks on, thinking it’s the same thing every week. He argues with her. She defends herself and goes to back to work.
On the porch, smoking a cigarette, she cries to her best friend.
She fills up the gas tank while her husband tells her to hurry up. She dresses their little boy and kisses him. He’s her whole entire world.
Hunt watches him smack her once she gets into the truck. He steps outside, in case he has to intervene.
During open mic night at the bar, he performs. Her husband enters the bar, announcing his presence. Then, gets into a brawl with another person. He gets kicked out of the bar and the fight continues outside.
Back at home, he fights with at the dinner table, smacking her in the face. He grabs her by the neck and shoves her. Sometimes it’s in public. Usually, in it’s their home.
Crying, she runs to the bedroom and begins to pack a suitcase. She locks the door. When he pounds on it, she yells at him to go away. She soothes her crying baby and leaves the house.
Her husband follows her outside and begins to shove her. She tries to get away. Hunt decides to get involved and knocks him to the ground. She runs to the driver’s side of the car and takes off, making sure he can’t stop her. She looks over her shoulder one last time to see if he’s there. Hunt continues on his walk.
The abusive relationship is the open secret in the town. Everyone knows he hits her. While it bothers some people to an extent, they mostly stay out of it. At the bar, her co-worker seems irritated by the behavior, believing they are being dramatic teenagers. They stand around, letting it happen.
It seems as though the entire town fears her husband. Although people saw him grab her by the neck , it’s not reported to the police by anyone. Her best friend offers an ear of support but remains a bystander. It’s disturbing that no one does anything to help and believes the behavior is a result of a tumultuous relationship.
It has taken its toll on her. During her alone time at the laundromat, she suddenly bursts into tears, hating her situation and wishing she could get out. The shame and dread of being the woman in town who gets hit but no one wants to say the word. Their silence only reinforces that she deserves it and it’s her fault in some way.
It’s Sam Hunt who acknowledges the domestic violence without judgement. When he sees him shoving her, he throws him to the ground. Hunt allows the woman to go free and leave. For Hunt, it’s a risk, knowing her husband is likely to target him next in some way while the townspeople will continue to pretend everything is okay.
Director: Tim Mattia Year: 2015
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