Crude Oasis (1995)

Though it's already left Triangle theaters, Alex Graves' remarkable 
debut is certainly worth a look-see if and when it arrives on video.  
The story-- which plays like an inverted BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY-- 
centers on a depressed Kansas housewife (Jennifer Taylor) who, 
literally, meets the man of her dreams (Aaron Shields).

Shot for 14 days on mere $25K, this OASIS is hardly crude.  Sure, the 
production values are modest, no duh, but Graves' writing and 
direction are both dead-on.  Even blown up from 16mm, there's more 
dramatic potency here than almost all of the summer stock combined.

Grade: B+

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