Natalie Portman delivers a magnificent performance in effortless fashion as Emilia, a stepmother enduring the loss of her newly born daughter, Isobel. Emotionally-challenging motherhood drama, told in non-linear style by director and co-writer Don Roos, is too stirring to dismiss and too down-to-earth to dislike. Your writer wept often, without shame, over this beautiful work of cinema. Duration: 119 minutes.
Portman was outstandind yet I feel like they charged the plot too much and then didn't developed it properly due to the material wich was just too much and didn't allow to focus properly one just one thing. Struggling with the loss of a child plus how to be a good stepmother plus daddy issues are three different movies, don't mash stuff up and then just shake it!
You know, I really don't see where all the hatred for the film comes from. Portman was spectacular in this and played a much more realistic character than what she's usually given and she works very well with a decent script that deals with an emotional subject like the loss of a child and the effects that can have on a person.
I watched this movie on an HD flatscreen, so it looked very whirred-up and cheap: not into it. This is not an offensive movie, it's just terribly awkward and half-assed. I can almost hear someone whisper, "Uh oh, no more budget." One thing it has going for it: N. P., freed from playing a "likable," fragile character -- go 'head, exercise that inner bitch, Nat! & a GOOD child actor. not cute, very tow-headed & real.