I Will Follow

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  • Summary: I Will Follow explores the surprising thirst for life we experience after the death of someone we love. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the festival award-winning drama chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and the twelve visitors who help herI Will Follow explores the surprising thirst for life we experience after the death of someone we love. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the festival award-winning drama chronicles a day in the life of a grieving woman (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), and the twelve visitors who help her move forward in a brave, new world. (AFFRM) Expand

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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 9, 2011
    88
    I Will Follow doesn't tell a story so much as try to understand a woman. Through her, we can find insights into the ways we deal with death.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Mar 8, 2011
    80
    Its elegantly simple structure filled in with startling, understated force, I Will Follow is a modestly framed portrait of grief in its first season.
  3. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Mar 10, 2011
    80
    The entire cast is in fine form (Omari Hardwick, as Maye's maybe-suitor, pushes the sexual heat through the roof), but White's blistering performance sears the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Mar 12, 2011
    75
    DuVernay has confidence in her actors that is reciprocated in kind. Richardson-Whitfield gives a remarkably empathetic performance.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 12, 2011
    70
    This touching if insular drama about a woman grieving over the recent death of her aunt is well acted and incisively observed, although it's ultimately too low-key to have much dramatic impact.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 11, 2011
    60
    DuVernay's feature debut is simple and almost proudly plain. But such a stripped-down approach allows its authenticity to shine.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    The structure, sliding between memories evoked by objects in the house and the common difficulties of moving day, should play with more elegance than it does. Instead, it feels awkward and frequently - as does the film on the whole - too on the nose, too obvious.

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