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Finely and subtly directed by American filmmaker Olivia Silver, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a gripping portrayal of a mindful adolescent girl who begins questioning her father's compelling promises. While notable for it's naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions and fine cinematography by cinematographer Eric Lin, this narrative-driven and tangible coming-of-age road-movie depicts a perceptive study of character and contains a great score by the American band The Low Anthem.
This humane and intelligible indie drama about a father and his three children who are on the move, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, natural characters and dialog and the empathic acting performances by American actor John Hawkes, American actress Ryan Simpkins, American actress Kendall Toole in her debut feature film role and American child actor Ty Simpkins. A quiet, involving and commendable directorial debut which gained the Crystal Bear Generation Kplus at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.
But is the family in crisis and where is Mum?
This is a splendid "growing up" movie.
High class script, super realistic acting and some real emotional drama played out in a subtle but powerful way.
Had me engrossed throughout.
Thank you Sundance for this picture.
Excellent movie, deserving top marks!
Father and his three kids start a journey down south for dads new work. The setup is quite quick and we are lead to believe that their mother would later follow, but it's clear that there is something more to it. Youngest kid is just thrilled to see the Grand Canyon, oldest one is probably already aware of whats going on and the middle one in her early teens is stuck between being a kid and a teen and thus confused of what's going on with the journey, family and growing up in general.
The movie is mostly about the middle kid, Greta. The young actress does pretty well and carries the movie with great John Hawkes portraying their dad (Hawkes was Oscar nominated for Winter's Bone).
There are no good guys or bad guys in this movie, which is either a benefit or a hazard, depending on the viewer. Quite realistic, even to the point that it may feel boring. It's a slow paced, low key drama all the way, but with good acting, nice soundtrack, good cinematography, great down to earth story about growing up and and dealing with changes.
The movie maybe lacks the final punch that would raise it from good to excellent. Nothing really wrong about it, but in the end it maybe should've been either a bit edgier or even more low key and understated. Still definitely recommended for fans of indie dramas, coming of age stories, road movies with americana touch, road side motels and diners.