Four Sheets to the Wind


Bottom 40% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

2007 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


Cody Lightning, Jeri Arredondo, Tamara Podemski, Laura Bailey, Richard Ray Whitman, Christian Kane, Mike Randleman

Non-Cast Credits

Sterlin Harjo, Cheyenne Fletcher, Chad Burris, Ted Kroeber, Frederick Schroeder, David Michael Maurer, Carla Marie Rugg, Jeff Johnston


Cufe Smallhill's father never has much to say, but one day, he is quieter than usual. When Cufe finds his father dead beside a bottle of pills, he does as he promised and drags the body out to the family pond, unceremoniously sinking it to the bottom. But everyone in the community is expecting a big funeral, so Cufe, his cousin, and his mom decide to fake one. In the midst of mourning, Cufe realizes he is compelled to explore the world outside the reservation and find a more fulfilling life. His sister, Miri, comes from Tulsa for the funeral and invites him to visit her in the big city. She opens the door for Cufe into a new world.

Director Sterlin Harjo's wonderfully crafted first feature is a fresh and delightful film about healing and the ties that bind people together. Harjo creates a rich Oklahoma atmosphere with its rural landscapes and easy country rhythms, infusing the entire film with a warm sense of humor, while Cody Lightning and Tamara Podemski give charming performances as Cufe and Miri. Four Sheets to the Wind is a heartwarming valentine of humanity and hopeful sentiments.


Shari Frilot (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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