The dialogue that articulates Albright’s tight situation is often bland and simplistic, but it’s still a (pleasant) shock to see an American feature film deal with the economic collapse in something other than genre-based metaphors (such as the excellent crime story). thriller “Kills them softly“did).
When Kay goes to the bank to try to get a loan, the bank employee looks at her application and wants to know if her husband is sick and if not, why he is not working. “Even a minimum wage job would look better than things are now,” he says.
We later learn that friends and family members have largely left Albrights in their distress. There is a paranoid hint that people have stopped answering their phone calls because they do not want to hear about their ailments or risk being asked for money. When the pastor of their church says, “Where is the joy in life that is unmixed with sorrow?” it sounds less like a balm than a cop-out. “This place is a box,” Glenn groans after the family moves into a smaller place.
The big problem with this film is that it focuses more than half of its playing time on a vanilla romance between Glenn and Kay’s teenage son Jim (Hero Fiennes Tiffinson of director Martha Fiennes and nephew of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes) and his classmate Ann (Sydney Park). The film is mostly Malick-like when it focuses on the young couple, but not in the good way. Edwards, film photographer Jeff Bierman and editor Alec Styborski serves lyrical montages and dreamy, silent-with-music images, as if hoping to capture some of the mysterious magic of the central love stories of Malicks. “The new world“and”To the wonder. ”