You Can Count On Me (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBBB

USA, 2000.  Hart Sharp Entertainment, Cappa Production, Crush Entertainment, Shooting Gallery.  Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

One of the most accomplished films of the year is this very fine tribute to the complexities of family relationships.  couldn’t be better as Sammy, a loans officer at a bank in a fictitious upstate New York small town who finds out her drifter baby brother Terry () is coming to town for a visit. The next few days of their spending time together is the bulk of the story, and everything about what you see is so sharply observed and naturally performed that you completely forget that there’s so much work involved in the creation of it all. Kenneth Lonergan’s work as writer and director (his first time directing a feature) are a standard that future independently-minded films should measure themselves by.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Actress (Laura Linney); Best Original Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actress-Drama (Laura Linney); Best Screenplay

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Laura Linney)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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