To call Future Weather
a ‘coming-of-age’ tale would likely be to make the assumption that the 13 year-old lead, Lauduree (Perla Haney-Jardine
) has a Stand By Me
moment somewhere around the climax of the film. Though Lauduree has her scene, the folks that come-of-age in Jenny Deller
’s debut feature are the adults.
Lauduree is a precocious girl with big, environmental-science aspirations. Her mom Tanya (Marin Ireland
) is an aspiring makeup artist, but a bit of a feckless parent. Her grandmother Greta (Amy Madigan
) is love-lost, and more of a parent than Tanya seems capable of.
Haney-Jardine handles some difficult material with grown-up poise, and those childlike adults play their roles with equal parts moderation and complete abandonment.Future Weather
is a small film that looks big. Deller and cinematographer Zak Mulligan
magically transform suburban Pennsylvania to a beautiful rural wonderland, and Deller’s assured direction makes her work