The joy of watching paint dry in ‘Prince Avalanche’

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Prince Avalanche

This lyrical little oddity is a return to form for filmmaker David Gordon Green, who earned his indie stripes with poetic, character-driven movies such as “All the Real Girls” and “Snow Angels” before taking on the mixed bag of commercial projects that includes “Pineapple Express” and “Your Highness.”

A remake of the 2011 Icelandic film “Either Way,” “Prince Avalanche” transfers the action to the barren Texas wilderness, destroyed by wildfires in 1988. Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) are spending the summer painting yellow traffic lines on empty roads in the middle of nowhere. Not much happens besides arguing and joking in this “Waiting for Godot”-like character study, but the performances and ghostly, melancholic atmosphere make it satisfying twist on the male buddy film.

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