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directed by Jessica Goldberg
USA 2012


Since their parents ran out on them under the pretense of taking a brief vacation to Florida, Amy Bear (Krysten Ritter, 27 DRESSES) gave up her college and career ambitions to take care of her brother Nat (Logan Huffman, COMPLICITY) - who is having trouble with social interaction following neurological complications from the removal of a brain tumor - and sister Lucy (Madeleine Martin, TV's CALIFORNICATION) who has taken to drugs and delinquency in addition to being a moody teenager. Amy loses herself in books - most recently, Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky - and has one night stands whenever she craves intimacy. Her latest pickup is Sam (Brian Geraghty, THE HURT LOCKER) who has been drifting aimlessly since he killed his brother in a drunk-driving crash. He proposes renting a room in Amy's house, and his initially unsettling presence soon lifts Amy's spirits but also provides a sense of normalcy to the household. When Sam disappears for a few days, Amy realizes how much she wants and needs Sam. When he returns and proposes to her, however, she starts to yearn for who she could be or could have been without the familial baggage Sam is eager to embrace. Fearing that Amy might abandon them as well, Lucy and Nat - who has formed a friendship with Born Again shopkeeper Gary (Chris Papavasiliou, DETACHMENT) conspire to get rid of Sam who might be the only person capable of giving Amy a reason not to run (or at least retreat) that doesn't involve familial obligation and guilt.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 12 June 2014 (South Korea)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:24:18

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:36)
• Trailers for 'Mysterious Skin', 'The Empty Hours', 'I Used to Be Darker', and 'The Amazing Catfish'

DVD Release Date: 9 September 2014

Chapters 8



Strand Releasing maxes out the bitrate for their dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic presentation of this Red One-lensed drama. It looks very digital, as it should, with no attempts to make it look filmic apart from the framerate and color correction that generally favors a sense of warmth. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is rather basic, but this the exterior scenes meant to open up this adaptation of a stage play are set in a mostly desolate suburb with only some ambient sound effects and the music score reaching the surrounds. Optional English SDH subtitles are also included. The sole extras are the film's trailer and trailers for four other Strand titles which have been reviewed here previously (Greg Araki's MYSTERIOUS SKIN, last month's THE EMPTY HOURS, I USED TO BE DARKER, and THE AMAZING CATFISH).

  - Eric Cotenas


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