You Can Count On Me



(out of 5)

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.

USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2000Sundance 2000

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Laura Linney as “Samantha ‘Sammy’ Prescott”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen (Kenneth Lonergan)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Actress (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards
Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
New Generation Award (Mark Ruffalo)

Best Actress (Laura Linney)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Actress (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)

Best Actor (Mark Ruffalo)

National Board Of Review Awards
Top Ten Films
Special Achievement Award (Kenneth Lonergan)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Laura Linney)

Writers Guild Award
Best Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Screenplay
Best First Feature

Best Male Lead (Mark Ruffalo)
Best Female Lead (Laura Linney)
Best Debut Performance (Rory Culkin)

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Performance, Female (Laura Linney)
Best Director (Kenneth Lonergan)

Best Performance, Male (Mark Ruffalo)

Sundance Film Festival Awards
Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic (tie)
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award

Boston Film Critics Award
Best New Filmmaker

Best Actor (Mark Ruffalo)
Best Actress (Laura Linney)

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor (Mark Ruffalo)
Best Actress (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay



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