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The movie from first-time director Nikole Beckwith had mixed reviews out of Sundance. It’s set to premiere May 2 on Lifetime.
The film revolves around a woman (Ronan) who is kidnapped as a child. After 17 years of living in a basement with her abductor, she struggles to adjust after returning home to her biological parents.
- Seth Kelley
Title: Stockholm, Pennsylvania Director: Nikole Beckwith Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs, David Warshofsky There is something inherently recognizable about the word “Stockholm,” and it usually does not refer to the capital of Sweden. Instead, it denotes Stockholm Syndrome, which is when prisoners or survivors of capture or imprisonment empathize with and even grow to love their captors. Director Nicole Beckwith’s feature film debut deals with the extreme case of Leanne (Saiorse Ronan), who spent seventeen years locked in a basement thinking that her name was Leia. Her return to society and to the parents that lost her at a young age is a difficult and trying one, and [ Read More ]
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“Stockholm, Pennsylvania” tells the story of a little girl who is kidnapped for 18 years before resurfacing again.
Castmates Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs, David Warshofsky, Avery Phillips and director Nikole Beckwith sat down with awards editor Steve Pond at TheWrap Interview Studio at the Sundance Indiegogo Lounge to talk about making the abduction drama.
“I feel like the play has a very particular and devastating story,” said Nixon, who plays the girl’s mother, Marcy. “Even though most of us have not undergone anything like that, »
- Wrap Staff
Written and directed by Nikole Beckwith
Stockholm, Pennsylvania is a perfect example of an interesting film that doesn’t work on a cinematic level. It starts out from the perspective of a kidnapping victim, only to switch midway through to that of a victimizer. It’s an ambitious device that writer-director Nikole Beckwith doesn’t quite pull off. There are some terrific elements in play but they never coalesce into something more powerful. Much like its protagonist, we watch this film through a window that never lets us inside.
Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological condition in which captives begin to identify with their captors. Though Stockholm, Pennsylvania actually takes place in Salem, Pennsylvania, its title couldn’t be more appropriate. Leah (Saoirse Ronan), as named by her longtime jailor, Ben (Jason Isaacs), is just returning home after a 17-year imprisonment. Needless to say, she’s a little messed up. »
- J.R. Kinnard
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: Nikole Beckwith
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.
Review: I was very intrigued with Stockholm, Pennsylvania, until I was very annoyed with Stockholm, Pennsylvania. You always want a movie to end on a high note. You want the last moments to give you some sort of high. Whether it leads to conversation or just a feeling doesn’t matter, you just want that extra juice.
Not only does the third act derail into frustration and annoyance with characters’ decisions, it leaves you not wanting to even bother thinking about all of the good that was there in the beginning of Stockholm, Pennsylvania. Ronan does »
- Jeff Bayer
Like a caged celebrity unprepared for the spotlight of fame, Leanne is a deer in headlights when newscasters and reporters swarm the squad car that has returned her home. But the notion of “home” is a deeply foreign idea, and Leanne is about to begin decompressing into an ordeal arguably much more difficult than the one she has already survived and endured. Abducted 17 years ago, Leanne has been found and returned, her captor has been jailed and her once-devastated parents are both shocked and jubilant. But what should be a joyful reunion is anything but, and Leanne’s reappearance into the real world is like a child being thrown into the woods. Instead of finally reclaiming their long-lost daughter, Marcy (Cynthia Nixon) and Glen (David Warshofsky) encounter a complete stranger named Leia (Saoirse Ronan). She remembers nothing of her childhood, is estranged from these people she believes she has never met. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Park City — Nikole Beckwith's new drama, "Stockholm, Pennsylvania," which premiered Friday at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, asks a number of questions surrounding the provocative subject matter of child abductees. How would a young woman who has spent 17 of her 23 years captive in a basement adjust to living in the real world? And, more controversially, is this a better "life" than what she was experiencing before? For Lea (Saoirse Ronan), returning to a family she has no memory of isn't just jarring, it's an alien experience. Beckwith begins by reintroducing Lea to her parents Marcy (Cynthia Nixon) and Glen (David Warshofsky), who are, understandably, overjoyed to see their only daughter after so many years. In an extended sequence set in the family living room, we immediately realize Lea — born Leanne — has no real understanding of what has happened to her, the outside world or how she should act in the company of these two relative "strangers. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Austere and unnerving, Nikole Beckwith’s stir-crazy “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” picks up where most kidnapping thrillers leave off: the moment the victim is returned home to her parents. Everyone in town sees the reunion as a happy ending, but Beckwith senses otherwise, delving into the painfully drawn-out process of trying to rebuild bonds both sides had 17 years to forget. While such a sensitive psychological approach has the potential to delve deep, the treatment lacks the dramatic thrill of a traditional endangerment story, offering rich parts for Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon, but precious little access to their inner thoughts — and less to grab the attention of general audiences.
Ronan has it especially tough, playing a character who has spent the better part of her childhood living in a disturbed man’s basement. Seen almost exclusively through the traumatized girl’s eyes, her almost benevolently portrayed captor, Ben McKay (Jason Isaacs), stole »
- Peter Debruge
Stars: Liam Neeson, Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Don Harvey, Dylan Bruno, David Warshofsky, Jon Gries, Andrew Borba, Judi Beecher, Andrew Howard, Catherine Oyer, Jimmy Palumbo | Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen | Directed by Olivier Megaton
In some ways, Taken became the little franchise that could. Kicking off in 2009, it was marketed and released as a fairly mid-level actioner with few ambitions other than to not lose money. Its Us theatrical release only happened because of the weird pop-culture zeitgeist it captured where people were excited about Oscar Schindler punching Eastern Europeans out of existence. The sequel came and made even more money with its 12a rating proving controversial but meeting distributor Twentieth Century Fox’s aim of making a massive haul of cash, taking over £20 million at the UK box office alone. Liam Neeson and previous instalment director Oliver Megaton are back with another chilling look at »
- Ian Loring
9 items from 2015
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