‘Boundaries’ Film Review: Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Has Its Limits

‘Boundaries’ Film Review: Vera Farmiga-Christopher Plummer Road Trip Has Its Limits
“Boundaries” opens with the kind of percolatingly funny character peek that gives you hope for the journey ahead. Writer-director Shana Feste, her camera trained on Vera Farmiga’s face during a therapy session focused on her character Laura, allows you to watch an open-hearted, well-meaning woman trying to assert herself, yet all too easily revealing just how uphill this particular challenge is.

The cracks in the armor come in Farmiga’s amusing little bursts of defensiveness, until the last disappointment: a professional voice offscreen gently pointing out how the rescue dog in Laura’s bag violates the limits previously set for her excessive adopting. It ends the scene with that sweet spot for any comedy that strives at all to feel human: frailty, goodness, and humiliation in equal measure.

Laura’s biggest self-help concern, as she struggles with relationships and raising a bullied misfit of a teenager, is processing how
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