The main character has returned to his hometown after dropping out of a program studying crime scene investigation. He appears directionless and while living with his sister he takes a job in a local ice factory doing manual labor. There he befriends with one of his co-workers who we get the impression different than folks he might have hung out with in the past. The new friend has perhaps less formal education but a lot of passionate interests ranging from being a DJ to a Trekkie. These three together with the main character's ex-girlfriend in town on business find themselves wrapped up in a mystery. A mystery involving a possible crime is the foreground, but most of the characters also seem to be facing a mystery of some sorts in terms of where their lives are going.
On top of everything else my physical environment for the screening was let's say less than perfect. I watched this film from the 1st row of the theater given the large crowd that appeared once word got out how good the film was. I can only imagine I would have appreciated it even more from further back. Hoping this will make it's way into theaters soon. If it does I strongly recommend seeing it, whether or not you're generally a fan of the mumblecore genre (sorry - I know it's a lame label but folks now mostly know what I mean when I use it - so convenience trumps the whole "I don't do labels" thing). Do try to see it in a theater as on top of everything else the cinematography deserves to be seen on a large screen - particularly one breathtaking shot at an Oregon waterfall (you can see this shot briefly in the trailer below). Just go - really...
For another review that discusses some of the fine acting and visuals in the film checkout this writeup on The Candler Blog.