A touching, subtle film that unravels slowly and delicately. The story of a woman who has just been released from 15 years in prison for killing her 6-year-old son…we don’t know why or how. We don’t even find out what crime she committed until more than a half-hour into the film. It’s like a present that we unwrapped…savoring the gift inside so we keep the suspense high. Kristen Scott Thomas uses this slow, methodical storytelling to her advantage…creating one of the most complex, disturbed, misread and misunderstood characters in recent cinema. She does not push the character to be liked…or push the character to be absolved of sin. She lets the audience’s opinion unfold slowly…just like the slowness of the film. A great movie!
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