The faith-based ensemble drama "Crossroad" builds considerable power as it weaves its pensive tale of life, death and destiny.
Although writer-director Shervin Youssefian might have considered one more script pass (there's some awkward dialogue and several thin characterizations here) and a stronger grip on his less proficient cast members, he has clearly worked hard to create a meaningful journey.
Set mostly in an L.A.-area diner, with flashbacks revealing the main characters' backstories, the movie brings together a dozen strangers whose lives unexpectedly overlap. This setup might seem more contrived than it already does if not for the story's convincing spiritual streak; there's a "bigger plan" at work.
At the center is Michael (Philip Bulcock), a man haunted by the deaths of his wife and daughter six years before at the hands of unstable fellow church attendee, Clef (Sean Galuszka). Under the guise of a job interview -- but with revenge in mind -- Michael sets a meeting at the diner with Clef, who's just been released from prison.