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Didn't see a thread on this and felt it deserved one. I ended up with it on my queue presumably just through random associative browsing. Or maybe because it has Kristin Stewart in it, which I've always considered a good thing.
But it turned out to be a very beautiful piece of work. It's in that genre of gentle, slightly melancholy, slightly depressing but in a beautiful sort of way type of films that I end up watching a lot of. As is often the case with these types of flicks it's not a 'story arc' movie. Not much is wrapped up neatly or tied off just to push the standard viewer buttons, it's just a slice of every day life in a small, rural town. Mostly it's about a young girl with a neurological disease who is coming into young womanhood and finally breaking away from the overly protective cocoon that her mother, for quite understandable reasons, has sort of created around her.
Kristen Stewart of course plays the girl, and honestly she sort of ripped my heart out. This was I guess about 6 years ago, and she was a very thin version of herself, which actually made her condition seem very much more believable. I thought she did an excellent job and certainly played me like a violin. But I have a weak spot for her anyway, so maybe my opinion isn't to be trusted, I dunno.
Everyone did a good job in it. Bruce Dern was particularly good I thought. But all of the parts are of the type that I'm sure most actors love to do, with plenty of subtlety and nuance, which is also characteristic of this genre.
Interestingly it was directed by Mary Stewart Masterson, of course of John Hughes 80's teen angst flick fame. She did a great job with it, I thought.
Anyhoo, if you like these types of flicks, and you know who you are, then you'd probably enjoy this one a lot. I think it's a re-watcher for me when in the mood for something of that sort, which is fairly often these days. Nothing like a simple, bittersweet flick now and again. I'm sure some people (aka guys), who aren't in touch with their inner female self, may think it's hokey, slow, overly wrought or some such thing. But I liked it a lot.