A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there's a fight. During Michael's trip home, there's an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral. Written by
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When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »
[sits down near Christopher on the roof]
I love what you've done with the room.
[lights a cigarette]
I used to come out here a lot when I was grounded.
[sniffing because he was crying]
Mom told me you were always getting in trouble.
She should talk.
What's that supposed to mean?
Before your mother was a mom, she was my best friend.
You guys have tea parties together?
Yeah, occasionally. Your mother taught me everything I shouldn't know, smartass.
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Written by Gabriel Alexander Roth and Neal Andrew Sugarman
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This movie is a sleeper, what a shame it has not been released in the US
I was pleasantly surprised with the concept of the story line, not to mention the quality of the photography and the especially the acting. Ryan Reynolds displayed his ability to exact emotions not usually seen from this fine young actor. He continues to grow with each movie he makes. Julia Roberts also stretched her limits as did William DeFoe. Even though William DeFoe usually plays dramatic roles, his ability to be the villain (abusive to his son) I thought did need to be refined a little more. I enjoyed the movie allowing the audience to come to their own conclusions with regards to the secrets that these characters each held; along with the realistic display of a fractured family and how they start to repair the past wrongs. This movie showed great promise to be a headliner and what a shame we'll not all have the opportunity to see it.
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