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I've liked each of her films more than the last, with only her first not being something I can enthusiastically recommend. Which is more a personal taste thing than a criticism. The story is a bit complicated in all it's implications to relate here. In short though - Mark Duplass plays a man who lost his brother a year ago. His best friend is his brother's widow. Stuck in a cycle of depression she sends him off to their remote island cabin to heal. When he shows up he meets her sister who had similar designs on the cabin. Discussions and issues and revelations ensue. For me it was a beautifully rendered piece of small scale film making that the Northwest should be particularly proud of. Even if Humpday wasn't your thing I recommend seeing this one. Kudos to SIFF for choosing with Your Sister's Sister my absolutely favorite opening night film since You and Me and Everyone We Know.
OK - off now to try and watch another film. I've seen quite a bit more than I've written about. Things on the to-do list to write about include:
- Valley of Saints
- Robot and Frank
- Secret Festival #1
- Madrid, 1987
- Gimme the Loot
- The Women in the Septic Tank
- Two Days in New York
- Lola Versus
In other notes....
I was a bit underwhelmed by Robot and Frank which I think went a bit too soft on a brilliant concept (more later) - plus dementia as comedy is a seriously hard sell for me.
Lola Versus proved that it's possible I may be physically incapable of seriously disliking a Greta Gerwig movie - even if intellectually I'm not particularly fond of the story. Though I'm unwilling to push this hypothesis to the limits by checking out Arthur. There may be a point too far even for something she's in.
Madrid, 1987 wasn't especially great. In the genre of folks stuck in a bedroom/bathroom for most or all of a film I'd put it way behind In Bed and perhaps less annoying than Room in Rome. This story of an older journalist and a young woman he improbably almost seduced trapped naked in a bathroom only comes alive when she's finally given a chance to really speak. Which takes to long and is way too brief in duration.