A family with an abusive father, a sensitive son, and a mother out of her depth: we see them when Michael is about 12 and when he's in his 30's, a writer of romance novels, going home for his mother and sister's college graduations. We go back and forth between the two periods: when Michael is a boy, the pressure builds to the point when the thin thread keeping them as a family threatens to break, and there's a fight. During Michael's trip home, there's an unexpected death which prolongs his stay and brings to the light his relationship with his father, his aunt, and her young children. Michael's estranged wife joins them for the funeral.Written by
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When Kelly first appears walking into the house after the funeral, the boom mic is visibly above the doorway. See more »
[sits down near Christopher on the roof]
I love what you've done with the room.
[lights a cigarette]
I used to come out here a lot when I was grounded.
[sniffing because he was crying]
Mom told me you were always getting in trouble.
She should talk.
What's that supposed to mean?
Before your mother was a mom, she was my best friend.
You guys have tea parties together?
Yeah, occasionally. Your mother taught me everything I shouldn't know, smartass.
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I watched this movie at the Berlin Film Festival and I have to admit that I was surprised by Ryan Reynolds. He can play the dramatic role(s) as you can see him do here ...
His performance anchors the movie and although we have other great actors here too, he is the one that leads us into and through the story. You won't be surprised to hear/read that the story is semi-auto-biographical. It is that deep and it goes into his characters. Having said that, William Dafoe is somewhat of a show-stealer too. Although I do think he could have been a bit better sketched (yes OK he's defined by a real human, but it feels more like a restriction to me). All in all, a drama with occasional light moments in an overall dark story.
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