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When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.
Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way.
Anna Margaret Hollyman,
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
Original subject matter, good understated performances but left me cold.
I give this film a 7/10 for it's ability to generate psychosocial discussion regarding an important issue. Mental illness in expecting/new mothers is not a topic often tackled in cinema and I commend the director for taking this up. I guess the fact that I think Jude and his mother handle the Mina's ill health completely wrong is irrelevant. Many people would not handle such a stressful and emotive situation all that well. However, I am concerned that the film will leave too many viewers perceiving Mina to be the villain. I hope this is not the case but the film seemed to make concerted effort not to guide our emotions and sympathies in any particular direction. For me this meant that I was left with a cold and unsettled feeling at the end of the film. I'm not a person who wants or needs a Hollywood happy ending but I appreciate a film which has something to say/provides some wisdom or a lesson. This film does not provide this. It leaves us to make up our own minds regarding the ethical moral implications of the issues presented.
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