Friday, July 27, 2007


I have just watched this excellent film starring my current favorite young actress, Maggie Gyllenhaal. A harsh, raw, yet touching story about an ex-con, recovering addict, and single mom, struggling with life.

Deep, dense characters living less-than-ordinary lives, and a direct, camcorder-like photography immerse the viewer in the world of working-class suburban America. A world in which nobody's perfect, everyone acknowledges it; a world in which waking up and going through the days seem an uphill task in itself.

Hats off to Maggie's intense acting, and to the fitting soundtrack of Dana Fuchs's acoustic songs - that, like the movie, swings from hope to depression and then back to hope. Like most of people's lives, by the way.

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