A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
2000 - Kenneth Lonergan - United States
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"Why do they always put braces on teenage girls at the exact moment they are most self-conscious about their appearance?", says a wife to her husband as they are driving at night. It is the simple and quiet little moment that opens the film, which we can immediately identify with the truth and intelligence it has to offer. Despite being such a small and simple film, it's amazing how truly powerful and effective You Can Count On Me is. The script is an absolute work of brilliance! Writer-Director Kenneth Lonergan (in his directorial debut) has found the depth and truth of human experience as few films can capture. The pains, sadness, joy, guilt, and hope that makeup the realities of living. Not once does Lonergan disrespect the audience or the films characters with unmotivated actions. You Can Count On Me is also a film of morals. The films title essentially represents the brother and sister relation of the main characters. But who's it related to: Sammy? Terry? Probably both, as each needs each other. The performances are not to go without mentioning, because they're truly special by all involved in the film. But particularly the leads Laura Linney and Mark Ruffalo, who's portrayal of brother and sister is flawless an deeply involving to the emotional core of the film. You Can Count On Me is a smart and touching film with a script and characters audiences can relate to.
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