Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
The coming of age story of a 40-year-old man -- Best-selling author Rick Gray is having a midlife crisis and returns to his hometown where he grew up in search of youth in the form of ... See full summary »
On the verge of coming of age. Aimie is perhaps 18, a Korean immigrant in Canada. It's winter, snow crunches beneath her feet. She lives with her mother. She studies English and doesn't seem to be a particularly good student. Tran is her best friend, and he wouldn't mind if their relationship becomes sexual. She declines, then worries that he might find a more willing girlfriend. Her mother broaches the subject of remarriage. Aimie misses her father, sending him messages to come and visit. What does she have she can count on? Written by
Non actors with little rehearsing, but beautifully acted. Few dialogs but with a lot said by eye movements and facial expressions. One could complain about the film being a tad slow, but the story demands such a treatment. The incipient love between two teens coming of age evolves gradually and with tentative steps, sometimes forwards, at other times backwards. The emotional ups and downs are subtly captured. The story is nicely tempered and sprinkled with minor twists to keep us interested. Too bad the ending is rushed.
The camera work is excellent with an eye for colors and effective framing of close-ups. Good directing and editing.
Filmed in Toronto. Main actress from New Jersey and actor from Toronto.
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