Jesco White is an Appalachian mountain dancer with whisky in his veins and the devil in his soul (or so he believes).
Taught to dance by his father as a way of weaning him off booze and drugs, Jesco tours the States performing and achieving a level of fame, but he can never get the monkey off his back and his self-destructive ways threaten to engulf him.
This biopic features British actor Edward Hogg giving an amazing turn as Jesco, but the film itself is less successful, weaving truth and flights of fancy to such an extent the boundaries become blurred and as a viewer you are left confused. Does Jesco really shoot his wife? Does he really kill a cop?
Had the film been more factual (and shown more of Jesco’s dancing) it would have been a more satisfying experience, as it is, it’s a tantalising snapshot into a tortured man’s life showing his pain and torment, but never really exposing the complete picture.