Rave reviews for this poignant film! (by rachel-bowie)
If you're looking for a thoughtful and totally realistic drama about an interracial family's transition from New York City to suburbia, look no further than this film. The expert storytelling delicately—and, at times, quite humorously—tackles the racial tensions that occur as they struggle to acclimate after their move, resulting in a timely and sensitive film that, at the core, is about a family just trying to do their best. I felt completely attached to every character in the film right off the bat. A major credit to the nimble writing, directing and editing. And while the <more>
story takes on a rather topical issue, it's the family narrative that will totally capture your heart. A must-watch!
Excellent Movie - Really Moving Family Drama.... (by mdorvill-488-396587)
This a movie that is let's you into the life of a family moving from New York to a small town in Rome, Washington. It reminds me of the films by Ira Sachs Love is Strange, Little Men and I say that as the highest compliment. My favorite part of the movie is the family the movie chronicles and how easily it is to be taken by them. I found myself wanting the movie to be a television show as they create a flawed but beautiful family dynamic that deals with real issues sometimes not in the best way as what happens in stressful situations . The story itself has elements of big city to small <more>
town, racism, the awkwardness of fitting in, and issues with parenting, all dealt with grace the acting is particularly wonderful by Melanie Lynskey and Nelson Ellis . It'll be hard to peg this film into a certain genre but that's what makes it so wonderful and worth watching. Highly recommend viewing it as it's a magnificently acted, well-crafted story.
My wife and I are both mixed race with her looking more black than anything else between us 2 and our children look ethnically ambitious with our son rocking the afro like Clark.We get the assumptions and the awkward questions and conversations that make us laugh or feel offended.I like this realistic portrayal of mixed race family in the present time that shows there's still racism no matter how subtle and people try to act like it doesn't exist
Charming film! (by thecohen5)
Wonderful film...full of realistic, thought-provoking scenes. Very relatable to our everyday experiences. The film explores themes of moving to a new home, racial challenges, coming of age and confronting one's weaknesses. It offers a nice balance between drama, humor and reality. Recommend it for any age, including young adults, who can relate to the young actors and their characters. The music choices are great; the music enhances the story and the visual. The acting--young and old--was spot on! The characters were so believable, that i fell into the story and wholeheartedly went along <more>
We were able to see this gem at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Well written; well edited. The nicest thing about this film for me was the characters were absolutely believable, and made the story flow. No one tried too hard; no playing for sympathy. Just a real family bi-racial having to adjust to a move from a big city to a small town very white . Little touches - for example, not having their "stuff" arrive to their address in time, which we all rely on for comfort when facing a new place - made everything work. Wonderful experience. Thank you Rob Meyer, et al., and to the Napa <more>
Valley Film Festival for exposing us to so many new and different points of view.
A very interesting little movie (by nadinesalakovv)
I saw this film on Netflix, and was impressed. The performances are very good and natural. Great directing, i think a little bit of editing could've been done here and there, a few scenes are not needed, but overall this is a good film. The main movie plot is interesting and shows viewers the situations of racism, moving to an all-white town and decisions.
Entertaining and Enjoyable (by jessewriter)
Good acting and writing. Great casting. Realistic plot.
Refreshing new variation in script theme (by ersbel)
This is a refreshing new variation in script theme. It is nice. And heart felt. It is quite real. Yet, by the end it falls short.There are too many main characters. And somehow, in contrast, too few supporting characters. And for me this mix of three points of view disconnected me from the story.There are many interesting details. And real. The unpleasant mover. The pleasant and rather fake neighbors. The lack of Internet. Yet they seemingly come out of nowhere and they do not develop. And for a passing thing they take way too much time.Which brings to probably the biggest problem: the story <more>
is slow. Very slow. Yet, at the end, when they seemingly went out of film, things can be pretty fast and the details are well pruned. Why can't the movie be like the epilogue? Well, probably because there would be enough story for say 25 to 30 minutes. But the quick ending made the entry so much frustrating.And there are wasteful scenes. In one the husband walks on the New York sidewalk. No information. Quite peaceful. Later he will do the same in Rome. Besides the extra trees and fewer people, there is no change. There isn't any mood, even if the producers probably badly wanted to mimic the waste of film done in European artsy movies paid by the state.In the end, with the given happy ending, this movie goes against everything written in plots and by critics. I did not see the white suburban community. Just a white and unpleasantly polite community that radiates fake. Which is true for any community that involves status. There are racial tensions. But the conflicts are well white washed. And the people have conflicts based on the tensions. Nothing about racism. Peaceful? But their life in New York is shown as peaceful. And the two men are not disturbed by the people around, but by the change to an environment they did not ask for.It might have been good.Contact me with Questions, Comments or Suggestions ryitfork @ bitmail.ch