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  • Summary: Leeward (Dustin Guy Defa) and Mary (Brooke Bloom) cannot even agree on their three year old daughter’s name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing—changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding downLeeward (Dustin Guy Defa) and Mary (Brooke Bloom) cannot even agree on their three year old daughter’s name anymore. Mary is a hardworking nurse who dreams of only one thing—changing her life. She resents her husband for being an irresponsible, overgrown adolescent incapable of holding down a job. Leeward is an atypical, idealistic musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and a New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Lola Bessis), a 19 year old French artist and daughter of a world famous painter, who’s trying to make it in New York and get away from her overbearing mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 18, 2014
    83
    This admittedly uneven first feature stands out for the way it sneaks up on you.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Sep 15, 2014
    75
    It subtly counteracts the cliché that creative expression can save your life by making its protagonist a hipster Peter Pan whose creative expression is an excuse not to grow up.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 19, 2014
    70
    This low-key indie drama has enough well observed, insightful moments to compensate for its occasional lapses into forced quirkiness.
  4. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Aug 18, 2014
    68
    What ultimately holds the film back, I believe, is its tendency to err too far on the side of that sweetness — it indulges too often in the hallmarks of the mediocre indie, the stuff a press release might call quirk, to level its more substantial points with real seriousness.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Sep 19, 2014
    50
    [A] slight, predictable debut.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 25, 2014
    40
    An art-versus-commerce drama that consists of one beautifully aching performance surrounded by a whole lotta twee.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 18, 2014
    30
    Mumbly dialogue, relentlessly jittery camerawork, a star who is also co-director and co-writer: Yes, it’s time for another movie that mistakes the claustrophobic world of young New York artsy types for something interesting.

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