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Rebecca Lawrence Levy
"Psychologically involving, reflective and communicative..."
American screenwriter, producer and director Stacie Passon's feature film debut which she wrote, premiered in the U.S. Dramatic section at the 29th Sundance Film Festival in 2013, was screened in the Panorama section at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by American producer and director Rose Troche. It tells the story about a dutiful 42-year-old American mother named Abby Ableman whom after an incident begins fixing an apartment with a friend named Justin.
Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Stacie Passon, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a rarely straightforward, normative and understanding portrayal of a woman whom after having experienced a head injury makes a decision which could prevent her from dying internally of boredom or end her marriage. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by cinematographer David Kruta, production design by production designer Lisa Mayers, distant and far from stereotypical depiction of partnership, trendy choice of themes which serves the representation of the protagonist and use of light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a cinematic universe of women where men are neither excluded or significantly prioritized, where labeling, voyeurism and crowd-pleasing narrative choices are commendably surpassed by consideration of character and where a person in a mid-life situation whom has become so alienated from herself that she has to do something to regain what she has drifted so far away from, depicts a dense and in-depth study of character and contains a good score by composer Barb Morrison.
This freshly humorous, unconventionally conversational and non-moralizing though liable indie which is set in the U.S. in the 21st century, and where a wife agrees to a suggestion which becomes an escape from her down-to-earth life with her son, stepdaughter and spouse, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, distinct film editing, variegated characters and perspectives and the assured and authentic acting performances by American television and film actresses Robin Weigert and Maggie Siff. A psychologically involving, reflective and communicative narrative feature.
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