Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Jan 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A young married woman starts a friendship with a neighbor which makes her question all of her relationships.
My Take on it – I have wanted to see this movie for quite a long time only based on the fact that it was directed by Sarah Polley. I didn’t know much about this movie and thought it was going to be a romantic comedy.
It is by no means a comedy. 😦
This movie is a very deep and personal film for Polley which we can only know now in hindsight because of the revelations in her recent autobiographical documentary Stories We Tell (2012) and by knowing Polley’s own history.
The themes touched upon here range from alcoholism, fidelity, love, infidelity, dreams, happiness and the ups and downs of marriage.
I found it to be a very good movie, but also very draining (I couldn’t focus on anything for over 6 hours after seeing it).
Michelle Williams is amazing here and she is supported well by Seth Rogan, Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby.
My two favorite scenes are the indoor amusement park scene and the conversations via glass.
(I realize that if you haven’t seen the movie, you won’t have a clue as to what I’m referring to, but explaining those interesting scenes would be major spoilers here.)
I actually have a lot more to say about this one, but since I want to keep this spoiler free, I don’t have a choice but to stop here. Anyone interested in discussing this further (with spoilers) can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interestingly, writing about this film has raised my opinion of it and I had originally decided to rate it Globe Worthy, but have upped it to Oscar Worthy.
When you see this, be prepared for a very deep and emotional movie!
Bottom Line – Very deep and disturbing movie that is more understandable after having viewed Polley’s Stories We Tell (2012). Highly Recommended (with a caution)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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