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Everything Put Together Review


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Radha Mitchell is good but just shy of totally believable in Marc Forster's (Monster's Ball) Everything Put Together, wherein Mitchell plays a new mother who loses her infant to SIDS after a single day out of the womb. The emotional range on display in this film is impressive as Mitchell's friends abandon her and she has trouble admitting what happened to others -- and its ending is very compelling. Still, the film has to be carried on Mitchell's ability to portray an immediate and deep psychosis, which (thankfully) she pulls off more often than not.

Everything Put Together Review


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There is a gripping, sorrowful, quietly on-edge performance at the center of "Everything Put Together," in which Radha Mitchell plays a sunny young suburbanite and first-time mother thrown into the throes of psychological horror by the loss of her newborn baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Mitchell ("High Art," "Pitch Black") is a yuppie Alice in Anguish-land, falling down a rabbit hole of despair and denial after her social support system is yanked out from under her. Ostracized by her fellow young mother gal-pals, who convince themselves they're being helpful by letting her have her space, she finds no comfort from her suddenly apprehensive husband (Justin Louis) either, and she begins to withdraw into a subconscious world of fear and fantasy that threatens to slide into true madness.

Mitchell's portrayal is powerful, but writer Catherine Lloyd Burns (who plays one of the girlfriends) and director Marc Forster (who after shooting this 2000 film went on to make "Monster's Ball" [review coming this week]) don't let her raw, tragic performance speak for itself.

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