The Woodsman is a brave attempt at probably the most controversial subject - paedophilia. Kevin Bacon delivers the role as Walter in a touching, honest way as a convicted paedophile trying to start his life over within society. With a new job and regular psychiatrist visits we are able to witness and maybe, dare i say, empathise with a man who hates the way he is made . We see how it affects his families views towards him and as his dark secret starts to leak out we observe harsh judgement against him, his colleagues completely unaware its something he would give anything to change. Kyra Sedgwick ( Bacons wife in real life) brings us a commendable potrayal of Walters love interest. Another incredibly difficult role which she delivers well.
Sensitive, controversal, brutal but a must watch for all in society as we are all touched in some way by this awful, sad truth.