"South of Pico" is an emotionally charged drama in which four strangers witness an unimaginable tragedy and are catapulted into the defining moment of their lives. Set present day in Los ... See full summary »
A young, gifted football player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.
Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first ... See full summary »
Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.
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Tour-de-force by Mortimer bolstered by excellent storytelling
I found the entire 102-minute running length of this movie to be extraordinary. Narrated by Emily Mortimer as Leonie Gilmour, this is a movie that lives up to the title character's signature quote to her life-long friend at turn-of-the-20th-century Bryn Mawr, "Don't bore me by being ordinary!" She winds up following her own advice at the crossroads of her life and then passing it onto her son when he needs to choose between a conventional life in medical school or pursuing his visions as an artist. After left in New York with child by the talented Japanese poet whose works she edited and promoted with success, she heads west to California to live with her mother - wonderfully essayed by Mark Kay Place. Despite her mother's warnings, she takes her son with her to Japan where once again, faux husband Nore wants to take care of her but does not accord her the respect she demands. The rest of the film is her journey to have her children educated and to grow while moving as nomads teaching and learning what they can. It is mesmerizing and beautifully photographed. Then the focus starts to shift away from Leonie's tale to the independent growth of son Isamu.
The shift slow the momentum just a bit toward its rather benign conclusion until we get one final revelation as to how her daughter was born. Overall, this is a fantastic journey and a most entertaining, gratifying and well-acted tale.
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