New York. A little six-year-old girl is missing. Six months later, the child still has not been found. Her father, William Keane, makes the acquaintance of a single mother and her little daughter. He hides his story from them, and tries to start anew with them.
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This isn’t a film for everyone, sometimes idle and sullen, it is almost uncomfortably close, owning to the sublime unsubdued audio and usage of handheld cameras, and furthermore, the actors’ irreproachable performances. I appreciated the use of pre-existing settings, the drab decor, the desolate hotel corridor, the unwashed windows, not too gritty, just gritty enough.
I watched this film again for like the forth time. So many things work on so many levels but I think what really strikes me is how this film presents the complexity of human nature through the lead character,William. He is both detestable, disgusting, frightening and warm and fatherly at the same time.
Besides "the pattern element" in the end which can be accepted as a possibility but it was more of a downside, the rest was impressive in the very way it was presented. The true depressive, neurotic and psychotic were telling the story, not just the face and words of D. Lewis. I believed him and the exhausting and meaningless loop which he can now call his life.
The jukebox scene was very sad.
A captivating, intimate portrait of a father, emotionally and mentally crumbling over the inexplicable disappearance of his daughter. After developing a relationship with a woman and her daughter - seemingly similar to his own - we see the struggle between piecing together a miserable past or pursuing an uncertain, yet comforting, future.
✺ Lodge Kerrigan is one of the more underrated directors still working ✺ There is a Steven Soderbergh cut of this movie that is really interesting ✺ If you like untrustworthy narratives, you're in for a doozy ✺
Masterful. Damien Lewis earns a reputation as a riveting actor of enormous commitment: the camera is in on him hard for 90 minutes. We feel his confusion and desperation. Kerrigan's lack of music heightens our senses & handheld shooting makes it very personal. Keane searches for a missing daughter. Is she real? Great early performances by Amy Ryan and Abigail Breslin. They are scary good. Last shot is heartbreaking.
A fantastic performance of a man teetering on the edge of sanity after losing his daughter. The camera follows him in close-up for most of the film, creating a claustrophobic sense that we are in his head.