A sad show about the loss of a loved one 6/10
show's a love a father has for his girls
An American movie without the standard 3 Act happy denouement plot line, a nice surprise in itself. This is a touching and empathic short story exploring the prolonged moment that John Cusack's character enters with the upheaval of sudden grief at the loss in Iraq of the unseen soldier wife and mother. Watch it not to be entertained.but to feel some naked human emotion.
My partner really enjoyed this film. I really enjoyed the fact that there were no
flashbacks to happier times. Grace really was gone.
Can someone please paint a wall so I can watch it dry? That would be more exciting than watching this film. Sorry.
A predictable, slow moving road movie.
A good, short movie and well acted. But hard to feel the empathy the director wanted without knowing the mother and the "family". Would've been better with the first 10-15 minutes being of the family as a unit before the mother went to Iraq. It might also have helped answer the mystery of what a female army sargeant saw in John Cusack's character, which seemed pretty lame. They were supposed to have met in the military which also stretched credibility. You also have to like slow movies to get into this one, but I didn't mind that. The second half of the movie was the best and well done.
Not the greatest film in the world but quite good. Why on earth the father decided to hold of telling his kids that their mother had been killed in Iraq I still can't quite understand. Quite well acted.
Quite a dissapointment, very slow movie. Plot was a father losing his soldier wife in the war, took his daughters on a holiday to try to get to know them better and break the news to them. The whole movie was based on this really boring.
This is easily some of John Cusack's best work, and the way he hides his pain through denial and distraction is is believeable and heart-wrenching. He is more than ably supported by the two likeable young girls playing his daughters, and if the last 10 minutes don't move you at all, you have a heart of stone.
As a fan of John Cusack it was hard to see him in this role which does him no favours (fat and unshaven), however, he is very convincing as the father of two girls facing the hard reality of raising children on his own. You are carried on the journey that many families have endured since America's war in Iraq.
A really well scripted story and different look at the effects of the war and how death is handled. Well acted by all. Really enjoyable but slow moving.
A very moving movie; shows how a parent wants to protect their offsprings from the harsh realities of the world. Well formatted and acted by all.
A diferent approach to the war in Iraq and to loss and grief.
Overall a disappointing film but the young girl who played the eldest daughter, Shélan O'Keefe, was incredible. She stole every scene she was in and I predict a a very successful future for this young lady. A liitle too sugar sweet for my taste.
A fantastically understated performance by Cusack and the two young girls made this a riveting movie to watch. The strength of the script was in the words that were not said. A good commentary on the war and grief/loss in general. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy.