Successful Carolinian George Johnsten meets Chicago art gallery owner Madeleine at an electoral benefit art auction- love at first sight. Madeleine decides to meet a Southern original artist, so George seizes the opportunity to come along and present her to his North Carolina parents Eugene and Peg, drop-out brother Johny and his high-pregnant wife Ashley. Confronting the outsider soon opens a can of worms as emotions revive or emerge, like admiration and jealousy. Written by
Like good poetry, in Junebug I believe the viewers are invited to bring their own lives and experience to the back story, the subtext. The ambiguity of family and the intricacies of relationships in this film encourage the movie goer to rethink the confused and sometimes absurd moments we experience while finding ways to fit in- or not. I thought the film was very funny at times-not cheap funny- but the goofy, oops, hoof-in-mouth moments when we try too hard or miss the cues. (The look on Madeline's face in the screwdriver conversation!) This movie left so much to think about. That is film as art- when the conversation with it continues in our heads.
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