Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Two lonely people in the city meet by coincidence and try to find a way to deal with their complicated lives while trying to form a connection with others.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of beforehand and was a bit intrigued by the premise even if it seemed a bit too “out there” for me.
This film gives us a very strange look at the lives of a group of people living in a small community.
Unfortunately, this film creates every character as one with multiple quirks and it feels a bit overdone.
If only one or even two characters had these kinds of traits, it would make them endearing to the viewer, but the way things are presented here, we have too many quirky characters for their own good and it hurts things a lot.
The film lacks a true anchor because it moves too often between all of these characters which takes away a bit from the enjoyment of things along the way.
This is a movie filled with lots and lots of “coincidences” that turn out to be too good to be true and that takes away from the realism of things since each of these various story lines feel contrived and don’t flow in a way that we can believe that this is what could truly happen to characters like these.
The way that each of these characters ends up meeting others on their journey is much too convenient and also takes so much away from this film.
Impressive first attempt by the director Miranda July, but many of the aspects of the film are overdone.
Bottom Line – Very strange look at the lives of people living in a small community as they try to find their way in life. The characters are all a bit too quirky for their own good and instead of making them endearing makes the whole story less enjoyable because it doesn’t feel as if the story has a strong enough anchor. Too many of the “coincidences” that occur here feel contrived for the story and that takes a bit away from the realism of things which would have been better had the story flowed much better on its own.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Miranda July shot with 50-minute tapes so she could have longer takes and would not have to break the flow of the child actors. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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