Technology-obsessed Sarah Sparks is pregnant and ambivalent, afraid she relates better to machines than to people. Looking for answers, she hits the road in search of her estranged mother, now living off the grid.
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This is what happens when you give a rich white lady a camera and neglect to say anything about her lack of talent. The dialogue, the camerawork, the engagement with "the nowness"-- it's all so fucking insipid. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts does nothing new, and what's worse is that the director doesn't even know it.
weird editing, woefully under-use of the glorious american west frontier, but mostly gets 2 stars for a plot with an interesting woman with character development. Also, another star for a multi-racial couple that's not the POINT of the movie. they just happen to be different races. very cool.
It's a little over-saturated with transparent technology isolation metaphors, and I don't understand how they are supposed to connect to Sarah's estranged relationship with her mother. Also, I think the unprompted interviews with strangers didn't seem to serve any purpose. Insight, maybe, but I think they were unnecessary. I still enjoyed it, though. It felt surreal, without being strange, which is rare I think.
A cute indie movie. While the idea of technology and family meeting up is original and something I haven't seen before, the overall tone, feel, structure and theme of this movie is pretty similar to a lot of other indie movies.
It's hard to be critical of a movie that is clearly well-intentioned, but it falls into the trappings of a lot of do-it-yourself indie films that tend to feel as though they began shooting as soon as the first draft was finished. That said... it's harmless, and hopefully their next film will be all the better for the shortcomings of this one.
It had it's moments, but I was definitely hoping for more. The genuine moments were offset too often by the contrived. In the end, it did give me pause to examine my own maternal relationships, so in that it had an effect.