A slow-paced slice of life drama, "Joint Body" is the sad tale of Nick Burke,
a man who just can't seem to stay on the right side of the law.
Newly-paroled and forbidden from contacting his ex-wife and daughter, Nick tries to move on with his life,
only to risk everything during an impulsive decision to help Michelle,
a troubled younger woman who seems just as jaded and desperate as Nick himself.
Daunted by the prospect of returning to prison, Nick sets out to escape with the ambivalent Michelle,
who hasn't decided for herself yet if she either wants or deserves to be saved by Nick.
Only after a heartbreaking final attempt to see his daughter do we realize just how he may enact that escape,
for as Nick puts it, he was always guilty of "taking the easy way out."
Alicia Witt gives a convincing performance as the skittish and bitter Michelle,
and the ex-con Nick would most likely be less sympathetic in the hands of someone less skilled than Mark Pellegrino.
Fans of the consummate guest actor (always excellent in "Lost", "Supernatural", and "Being Human")
will enjoy seeing his talents on display in almost every scene here.