Shia LaBeouf takes a lot of crap for being a caustic celebrity with artistic ambitions. WithCharlie Countryman, he gives the haters a reason to lay off.

The feature debut of commercial director Fredrik Bond, Charlie Countryman is an ethereal neo-noir set in Bucharest, a city that stands in for Wonderland. After his mother's death, Charlie (LaBeouf) is visited by her ghost who urges him to travel to Romania. The reasons are unknown, but there's no arguing with Ghost Mom (Melissa Leo, who gives a brief but sensitive performance) -- Charlie's devotion to her sends him across the Atlantic to stumble into the fate his mother predicted.



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