One of the top 5 most powerful films I have ever watched....3 times and still going..lol. Billy Bob Thornton plays this silent person with magical believable skill. A winner. Little if any real violence. *** "In an Oscar-winning tour de force, writer-director Billy Bob Thornton stars as Karl Childers, a man who returns home after being released from a psychiatric hospital, where he'd been confined since age 12 for murdering his mother and her lover. On the outside, the simpleminded Karl lands a job at a garage fixing motors and befriends a young boy -- but can Karl outrun his past? Thornton's co-stars include Dwight Yoakam and John Ritter."