Written August 23, 2014
Having just cared for my elderly father who passed from Parkinsons, this film brought back a lot of unpleasant memories. I can understand how an audience could view the story of comic. Experiencing such events for real is pretty traumatizing, to say the least. I dd appreciate the filmmaker's artistic cinematography, he is obviously a gifted filmmaker. I am somewhat biased because this film was all too real for me, and could not see the comedy in it. There's not much funny in losing a parent you love so much.
Written December 01, 2013
An insightful story of love and reconcilation; the revelation of lives untold despite the close proximity of its aging characters. Use of black and white imagery and the landscape of the upper Mid-west unscore the complexity of family relationships and their ups and downs. Really a remarkable, thought-provoking and powerful film.
Written November 17, 2013
The visuals were grey and white - not much contrast. Some of the humor was based on the narrow range of emotional affect of the characters - which seemed to be paralleled by the relative flatness of most of the scenery - and overall the emotions were mid-range. Even the ending left me in the middle. Few highs and lows. A dramedy without drama. Interesting for it's exploration of "middleness"
Written December 02, 2013
Characters are interesting, funny and gave me self reflection. View of small town America rings true to my experiences. My wife wouldn't recommend because the story line is very slow moving.
Written December 26, 2013
This is a thoughtful and well-developed character study about family relationships and developmental life changes. The director doesn't pull at pseudo-emotional heartstrings with saccharin sentimentality, It has exactly the right touch of humor and realism. The acting is superb; cinematography outstanding