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Source:  The Film Stage

For some who grow up in rural Arkansas, there are limited options: you can either be a meth dealer or a cop chasing meth dealers. Set in the close-knit community of Faulkner County, native sons of the region, Craig and Brent Renaud, have crafted a harrowing look at a community that has no easy answers with “Meth Storm.”

Following two families impacted by the drug trade, on one side is Johnny, a sympathetic DEA agent who has locked up his fair share of classmates, children of classmates, and friends for their involvement in the meth trade. What was once a network of mom-and-pop operations cooking meth locally had been put to an end thanks to laws that require showing an ID when purchasing Sudafed.

On the other side is Veronica, the matriarch of a long-time family of users. At 45, she looks easily twenty years older. In and out of the system herself, moving from home to home, she’s supported by two straight-edge daughters, while her sons have become her drug buddies, searching for the next vein to tap. These passages are excruciating as is the emotional toll of son Teddy’s multiple incarcerations.

“Meth Storm” premieres Monday, Nov. 27, on HBO.

Read the story at The Film Stage.

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