An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
I have been watching this director, Ry Russo-Young, since seeing her first feature at SXSW, Orphans, that won the Jury prize. She knows how to create moving, complex characters, that stay with you. Her second film that also screened at Sundance, You Wont Miss Me, took a huge leap with Stella Schnabel playing a smart, screwed up New Yorker looking for love in all the wrong places. Now, in Nobody Walks, Russo-Young hits her stride. She has assembled an amazing cast who give deeply nuanced performances, from Rosemary DeWitt's vulnerable wife and mother, to John Krasinski's breakout role as the husband seduced by Olivia Thirlby who oozes sexuality mixed with naive ambition. The supporting players are perfectly cast; Justin Kirk as the therapy patient who pushes the boundaries, Dylan McDermott as the fading rock star ex-husband, and India Ennenga the teenage daughter discovering her own sexuality. Co-written with Lena Dunham (Girls), Russo-Young tackles universal themes of love, lust and regret with grit and grace.
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