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  • Summary: A couple's happy existence is upended when Abbey (Taylor Schilling) gets pregnant and Dermot (Aidan Quinn) is opposed to the idea of fatherhood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Mar 20, 2014
    70
    So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 18, 2014
    63
    A spring-autumn romance that comes with side helpings of local colour and melodramatic backstory.
  3. Reviewed by: Heather Baysa
    Mar 18, 2014
    60
    The film's quiet demeanor, exacerbated by wide shots of lonely, sprawling bogs, sometimes comes off as dull rather than reflective. Still, it does capture the maddening silence of waiting for an absent lover to make contact.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 20, 2014
    50
    Despite the affecting performances by the two leads, this overly muted drama fails to make much of an impact.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 20, 2014
    40
    The movie, admirably shot on location, has a cast that is nonetheless directed without much verve by Wiebke von Carolsfeld. The film was adapted from a novel by Aislinn Hunter, but the characters’ inner lives remain elusive.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Mar 20, 2014
    40
    Fatally, for a film about damaged people methodically working through their problems—with themselves and each other—it gets less interesting the more it reveals about its characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    Mar 23, 2014
    33
    The acting is as inspired as the screenplay allows, which just isn't enough to add any kind of conviction to the events that transpire on screen.
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