Movies: Cutting It Very Fine

In The Woodsman, Kevin Bacon is a parent's worst nightmare. But he dreams of a better kind of life

Can we forgive the unforgivable? A man named Walter (Kevin Bacon) has served 12 years for child molestation. Now he's out--on probation--and trying to make a life for himself. He works in a lumberyard. Vickie, a good, tough-talking woman (Kyra Sedgwick, Bacon's real-life wife), is interested in him. But curiously, he takes an apartment across from a school yard. Less curiously, the police, his sister and those fellow workers who know of his past suspect that he will not be able to stay clean. And Walter himself, intermittently assailed by his old lusts, is not entirely certain on that point either.

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