Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Directed By: Ry Russo-Young Written By: Ry Russo-Young & Lena Dunham Cinematogeaphy by: Chris Blauvelt Editor: John W. Walter Cast: Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Dylan McDermott, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, Jane Levy A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. This is a film that revolves around character more than situations and plot. Though it feels like a constant flirtation. That is filled with promise, but never seems to reach the point of some kind of payoff. I excitedly watched as a fan of Olivia Thrilby. I was excited to see her have a leading role after a career so far filled with inspiring, but supporting roles. Her locks shorn and short rather than her usually long showed that this was a new adventure for her. The film starts off proactively. That seems to come out of nowhere but still rather startling. The film has a bunch of moments like that which are frank and shot. To be poetic that are revealing. Yet never fully get to the point. The film seems to be more impressionistic. Things happen but leave enough room for you to make your own mind. The film is a nice small story that uses the claustrophobic nature of the house to its advantage to represent the characters and their relationships. The director uses the films surroundings and atmosphere to enhance the film. Events and relationships are slowly revealed though not entirely. It also shows the importance of sound and sound design in a film. The characters have different sides, they don't fit into shapes in other words they are not the first impression you are presented with of them. Soon as you are ready to pass judgment they surprise you. The film presents reach characters story that run into and complement each other. Especially when it comes to the themes of the film or even just a scene. After First watching the film. It felt like the lead character was aimless and artistic, but not really having much to say, but wanting to say something. There is talent on display. I just never felt a connection to the film. It also felt like an entry into the problems with the artistic and privileged genre. The, i want to say something, but can't fully express myself and it's killing me. The film while beautifully shot and nice to look at. Just Wasn't for me. Grade: C

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