Young brothers Tom and Benjamin travel to Sweden to spend their vacation with their estranged father, who they have barely seen since their parents divorced. Tom, the younger of the two, ... See full summary »
Timothé Vom Dorp,
Théo Van de Voorde
Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
In a world that is increasingly dependent on electricity, a power outage seems like an awful predicament, as we can't imagine ourselves living in a world deprived of electricity. With this in mind, after a lingering power outage, a father and his two daughters will find themselves trapped in a completely different reality; one that will change their lives forever. But, is this outage regional, or does it affect the entire country? In the end--as these, and other, more crucial questions require an answer--no one can tell if the family has what it takes to survive; nonetheless, they will still have to put to the test their skills, their adaptability and endurance, but above all, find the courage to challenge the integrity of their familial bonds.Written by
I feel like the premise for this called for a truly visionary, unique tale. It was definitely compelling and mostly well-done, although its effect mostly comes from its acting. The screenplay needed some more work to more readily establish its main goals. Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page are strong in their roles and do more work to fill in the gaps in their characters' writing and development. The music is sometimes a little over-the-top, and the film tries too hard to move you at certain times (and instead of being effective comes across kind of awkwardly). Still, this is a mostly entertaining, mostly well told, even if it could have been truly great, film.
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