Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2002. Blue Magic Pictures, Goldheart Pictures, IFC Productions, InDigEnt. Screenplay by Rebecca Miller, based on her book. Cinematography by Ellen Kuras. Produced by Alexis Alexanian, Lemore Syvan, Gary Winick. Music by Michael Rohatyn. Production Design by Judy Becker. Costume Design by Marie Abma. Film Editing by Sabine Hoffman. Independent Spirit Awards 2002. National Board of Review Awards 2002. New York Film Critics Awards 2002. Toronto International Film Festival 2002.
Rebecca Miller adapts two of her short stories into three character studies shot on digital video. Kyra Sedgwick stars as a poor mother who leaves her abusive husband and goes to live with an old high school friend while trying to decide what to do with her life. Parker Posey plays a Manhattan editor whose opportunities to advance in her career reveal her bored frustration with her annoyingly perfect boyfriend (Tim Guinee). Fairuza Balk plays a young girl who visits her mother after a traumatic accident befalls her, picking up an abused boy along the way and trying to help him. The third story was the only one originally written for the screen and is by far the weakest, but even the other two never really get anything very juicy out of their narratives, with Miller’s take on Sedgwick’s character a patronizing study and Parker’s a bit too cold. The acting is pristine, but the photography is ugly and only emphasizes the flatness of the experience.