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With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
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Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not as productive when it comes to his marriage. He's an investment banker stuck in the same old daily routine and he tends not to ever think about anything else. However, he is forced to re-evaluate himself and the way he lives his life when his wife Julia dies suddenly in a car accident. His father-in-law and boss Phil doesn't think much of Davis, but encourages him to pick himself up off the ground and start appreciating the world around him. After deciding to file a complaint to a vending machine company, Davis ends up writing numerous letters about his personal struggles and confessions. When they are discovered by a woman named Karen whose struggling to overcome problems of her own, they start a friendship that will encourage Davis to take apart his life, and re-build.
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Tracy has just started college in New York, and is finding it super difficult to make friends. But when her mother urges her to call her soon to be stepsister Brooke, she decides to meet up with her. What Tracy thought would just work out as an ordinary friendship, changes her world as this quirky and spontaneous older woman shows her a life of adventure and style, living in Times Square and doing exactly what she wants. But as it turns out, she has her own problems having lost her fiance and her cats to her so-called friend. After consulting a fortune teller, the pair decide to set out to confront this woman, and Tracy and Brooke soon discover how much they need each other's influence.
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Francois Battiste, Jesse L. Martin, Heather Lind and Cast - Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Francois Battiste, Jesse L. Martin, Heather Lind, and cast New York City, USA - Opening night of The Public Theater production of 'The Winter's Tale' at Shakespeare In the Park at the Delacorte Theater - Curtain Call Wednesday 30th June 2010
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With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas...
Davis Mitchell is very successful in what he does for a living, though he's not...