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Reviewed on 2011-03-04
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Received[2]  out of 4 stars
Portland native Aaron Katz is a founding member of the “mumblecore” independent film movement. His latest effort in which he fills the roles of director, screenwriter and editor is a classic example. It is an ultra-low-budget production featuring a cast of non-professional actors working with an improvised script that focuses squarely on personal relationships between twenty-somethings.

This low-key film is mostly about the bonding of a brother and sister who share an apartment in rainy Portland. They get a chance to spend meaningful time hanging out together. A disappearance of a secondary character allows them to play amateur sleuths. A mysterious stolen briefcase full of money serves as a MacGuffin.

It feels like you spend 96 minutes seeing the sights of Portland. This movie becomes tedious and the sluggish pace requires the viewer to have lots of patience. The soothing soundtrack nearly puts you to sleep. The belated attempt at suspense fails to generate any excitement. The movie ends abruptly as if all the seed money had been spent.

This quiet and contemplative film is better suited to play at a festival for one showing before moving on to the next town. It actually debuted at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Your better alternative if interested in this type of relationship-driven movie is to watch “Cyrus” or “In Search of a Midnight Kiss.” This boutique movie opens exclusively for a limited engagement at the Glenwood Arts.

Review By:
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"


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