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545 Ratings

All the Light in the Sky

Directed by Joe Swanberg
United States, 2012


An insomniac actress living in Malibu faces the harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis enters the actress’s niece, who arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complicated prism of emotional insecurities.

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All the Light in the Sky Directed by Joe Swanberg
Adams is at once desperate, sympathetic, and compulsively watchable—that Marie doesn’t come off as a disaster speaks to the nuance of the performance and the humanism of the film as a whole… All the Light in the Sky strongly evokes a sense of life as an accumulation of petty impasses and anxious anticipation of major events (if they come at all).
December 20, 2013
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Swanberg’s drama allergy makes smaller works like this one something of an acquired taste; it’s also what makes them interesting. Swanberg served as All The Light In The Sky’s only crew member, which results in a completely unaffected, on-the-fly vibe that makes it impossible to distinguish between what (if anything) is scripted and what’s more or less documentary.
December 19, 2013
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This sublimation of internal pain through the seductions of external life may in fact be the American experience tout court, and the California experience even more so. Swanberg’s beautifully shot film captures this dynamic without paying much attention to what it’s doing. The little that happens can sometimes lack the gravitas that should undergird the naturalism that the dialogue, the acting, and the sometimes-iPhone aesthetics aim toward.
December 19, 2013
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