I so I guess got to this one via Netflix associative browsing, since I just saw Guinevere, which stars Sarah Polley, see my other review of that from a few days ago. This one was written and directed by Sarah Polley, and my respect for her goes up another notch definitely. I dunno, maybe it was just the right movie for a maudlin Christmas night mood, but I thought it was just a beautiful piece of work.
It's another human scale relationship flick of the sort I tend to report on, so again nothing blowed up real good, except a marriage or two. It's just the story of a young girl in her emotional growth though a couple of relationships. The girl is played by Michelle Williams. I don't think I've seen her in anything before. She's honestly not my type at all, but I couldn't help but fall completely in love with her watching this film. She's definitely got that slightly wounded, 'guy wanna protect her' thing going on in this role. Maybe I was just in the right mood for it, but it really worked for me. I wanted to protect her.
The whole movie has a feel that sits sort of between gently funny and gently bittersweet, always a good approach for this type of movie. It's also fairly erotic in short bursts. If you like Michelle Williams, you'll see a lot of her here. Sarah Polley's stuff often deals very straightforwardly with sex and physicality, in a way that's, AFAIK
, not at all designed to get that required Hollywood T&A shot. She seems to like juxtaposing the beauty and the banality of sex and the body. For those in it for the T&A, it could sort of take the wind out of your sails very forcefully.
Some directors just seem to be able to find the pain and/or divinity of every day life and put it on the screen in a very rich way, but without underlining it, and I think that she did it well in this movie on both fronts. It's got lots of atmosphere and just feels emotional thoughout. Some movies seem to try to imply an ocean of import or subtext, and some just have an ocean of import or subtext. This one seemed to be of the latter type, at least I felt so from my viewing tonight.
Anyway, a solid piece of work from Ms. Polley, and I recomend to anyone who enjoys this kind of thing. I'm not expert on the subject, but maybe not a good movie for a first date or for a troubled relationship. It might shine a little too much light in such situations, or maybe not. Maybe it would help. There is no math of the heart, as they say.