I went to the State Theater last night and saw the best film of this new decade: Small Beautifully Moving Parts.
The film was described to me this way: Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) is pregnant. As a lifelong techno person, she finds herself more interested in the font of the pregnancy test or what the sonogram does than what it represents. She seeks out her long-absent mother (Mary Beth Peil) to see if she can shed some light on things. Her mother has gone off the grid, a Buddhist of some sort in the Arizona desert.
The film was based on a webseries i had never heard of. As such, it is very episodic: Sarah learns she is pregnant. Sarah gets frightened at baby shower. Sarah visits sister-in-law in Vegas. Sarah visits dad. Sarah finally meets up with mother. These episodes are interrupted by random interviews conducted by Sarah (very Jaglomisk) to passersbys about technology and how it impacts life. And the whole thing runs an elegant 68 minutes.
I have always been unsure about having children. I can relate to this woman’s feelings. She has been on this long road trip that everyone advised her against and when she speaks to her flaky mother (Peil giving an Oscar worthy performance) and her mother says she will be fine because she always finishes things. It made me feel better for a moment at least.
Hearing the description of the film, I feared that Sarah would be a cold character, but she is played very broadly (similar to Tanna Fredricks style) and has such warm interactions with her in-law and in the interview segments. It is a reminder that someone can be very technical and methodical but also warm and sexy. Broad acting is usually better than subtle because people tend to be broad in real life.
also kudos to the dp
this is a pretty film
Interesting. Never heard of this before.
it’s had a very limited release so far
ah yes thanks for this. looks likes something I’d love.
let me know when you get around to seeing
since I just put this at the top of my 2010-2012 post
thought I might bump it up
Still my favorite movie of this young decade
it will be on netflix streaming starting 11/1
What I loved about the film is the progression shown by the character of Sarah.
She is obviously very distanced from the fact that she’s pregnant and we see from the beginning that she’s interested in people’s connection with technology. She herself has also allowed technology to become a major part of her life and is often confused by how other people use it. She seems more interested in not using these pieces but more focused on knowing that these things are there and are in working order. She almost has no interest in using any of it and when she sees how technology can be used to bring people together, her father for instance, she’s confused by this.
These breaks in the story where she interviews people is what I feel shows the real progression of her character. We see her interview these people about technology and how it has effected their lives and as these images are juxtaposed with what is actually happening in the narrative, we see that she is becoming more and more connected with herself.
i wish there was more screen time for the boyfriend/husband as I really liked him.
I liked him a lot too, and the actress that played her mom as well
Further proof, that a director can be interesting and creative on the cheap
I think films with smaller budgets like this not only have to rely on a great script, but what’s most important is the ability to make the viewer relate to the characters.
You weren’t wrong about Littlerock Dennis so I’m going to watch this one too.
But I’m not going to watch Rambo.
just watched the trailer omfg she’s totally fucking hot i don’t even care if it’s a good movie i’m watching it & i’ll watch rambo too
Wow! That’s a strong reaction to a trailer. Hope you enjoy