Second viewing of this one which popped (pooped?) up on TV. I’d kind of forgotten it. I saw it at the cinema when it came out. I did appreciated aspects of it like its construction and stylised approach, there was a certain poignancy to poor old Lawrence’s hiding from the precocious teens and Richard’s burnt hand as expression of pain when his marriage ended, and the relationship of the elders just onthe cusp of death, but found others especially Christine extremely irritating & wanted to punch Miranda July’s lights out for creating her. One of the best scenes was when Richard told her to get out of his car. Yea!
I read somewhere if a character irritates you its because they are behaving in ways you would not forgive in yourself, or that would make you uncomfortable or scared or ashamed or whatever… and that it’s worth thinking about what they’re doing and why it affects you so much and to consider you might be too far in the opposite direction to how they are, maybe to your own detriment, or it might just be a way to think about what you value and what you don’t. Christine was projecting herself a lot into other people’s environments and also promoting herself soooo… do I hang back too much and find it hard to promote myself and connect. Yes I think I do…..interesting.
Robby was such a completely beautiful innocent abroad I felt nervous watching him in the world where there is so much that could chew him up and spit him out. I liked the way that was captured. Interesting to see John Hawkes again here after I just watched Winter’s Bone. Basically though I wasn’t too crazy about this film despite its efforts to present a singular take on connecting and feeling the way along life’s winding road. 6.5/10