“Mending the Line” is one of those movies that shouldn’t work.

It’s the kind of story we’ve seen too many times. It’s too predictable, too generic in its plotting.

It works anyway.

That’s due in large part to the performances, which are excellent all the way around, particularly those of Brian Cox, Wes Studi, Sinqua Walls and Perry Mattfeld. But it also has to do with director Joshua Caldwell and cinematographer Eve Cohen, who create a kind of peaceful world for the audience to spend time in.

If the story isn’t surprising, the film’s appeal is.

Full review here