When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, Maryland, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill have problems of their own: they are trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby.
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To bear witness to Matthew Porterfield's progression through his 3 features is incredible, it's remarkable growth. In this film, he's refined his observations on human details, moving from spoken questions to more subtle revelations. The music is quite fine, too.
Hyper-realist micro-indie with cred (title via Bill Callahan, acting by non-acting lesser known Oldham brother) has a stringent purity but is so meticulously uninvolving that I suppose it brings home the tedium of strangers’ domestic lives. Sometimes I wish I were friends with more cool musician types, but after watching a film like this I see they also lead banal lives and can only express themselves in song.
Finished Mark Cousins' documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" yesterday. Cousins has a thick, absolutely attractive Northern Irish accent. So does the character Taryn in this film. Can't escape it...
I used to be darker is not a film that major issues tied to it. It is an understated and subdued film. Handling personal matters with an even hand and steady tone. But the film falls short on a couple characters, either being over or underacted. In a film that needs all of their performances to be on point, it fails in this respect. The film also lacked in saying new things, I've heard it before, and better.
I didn't love this film but I did enjoy the dignity it affords its characters. Also, I hafta say, this is the first truly convincing movie I have ever seen in my life about musicians. I believe these people play that music, listen to that music, care about that music, live for that music. 100%. And that's something.
The movie was easy to watch. Even with the various family conflicts it had a comfortable feel. The titular song plays as a soundtrack while the dad Bill lies asleep until his daughter Amy turns down the stereo. Bresson quote "Image and sound must not support each other, but must work each in turn through a sort of relay." On the tram Taryn says "I forgot where we were for a minute." The mundane becomes transporting.
Loved the tone and atmosphere created by the setting and story. Brings back lots of memories for me. The scene with the father playing guitar in the basement was definitely one that will stick with me. Unfortunately I wasn't really sold on any of the characters, and although the story held my interest, it left me wanting more. I wish it were an hour longer to finish what it had to say.