The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.
A look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn't always deliver what's expected.
J. Todd Smith
Before any of you go on about anything, yeah; I stole the tag-line from the ASUS brand of computer products. Still, these were the first words that came out after the credits rolled. This movie is so well substantiated in direction, cinematography, acting, editing, drama and script, and holds its ground for excellent execution, staying true to the main theme all the way. Yet, it will touch your heart in so many different ways; it's a beautifully knit piece, with a sentimental value for everyone. And yes, I did shed a few tears, which means it performed exactly the way it was meant to. The movie poster does not differ from the eventual experience, I tell you. Take it at its face-value, really.
With a non-linear direction style, particularly akin to Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director does not fail to stir things up for you up every few moments. As clear and strikingly shining as morning dew, the film keeps the fizz up with occasional humor, enhancing that than eroding away the serious notes. It's a memorable piece, which would very easily end up in your forget-me-not list of movies. It has a hint of Another Earth and Take Shelter, or so I think. Anyhow, you be the judge.
Nevertheless, anyone in search of romantic movie, subtle and funny with some witty sauce, or otherwise and emotional and memorable collage of events of a romantic life, family, and forces of nature acting thereon, would not sway away from this masterpiece, ever.
I'd give it a 9, straight out of my hat. Actually, this is to help it make up for points lost. On the IMDb Richter-scale, it wouldn't surprise me to find this landing somewhere between 7.2 to 7.8 eventually.
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