Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 2000. Hart Sharp Entertainment, Cappa Production, Crush Entertainment, Shooting Gallery. Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan. Cinematography by Stephen Kazmierski. Produced by Barbara De Fina, John Hart, Larry Meistrich, Jeff Sharp. Music by Lesley Barber. Production Design by Michael Shaw. Costume Design by Melissa Toth. Film Editing by Anne McCabe.
One of the most accomplished films of the year is this very fine tribute to the complexities of family relationships. Laura Linney 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 (Mark Ruffalo) 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