I liked the flashback nature of the storytelling as well as the asides about what life was like during certain years. These flourishes added to what was already a great script. I wasn't a huge fan of Mill's first film, Thumbsucker, but I really liked this one. That film was adapted from a book - this one was an original screenplay partly based on his own 75-year-old father's story of coming out of the closet after the death of his wife.
This film is about all those big things - loss, regret, loneliness, love, etc. But it never feels melodramatic. It's just darn good.
Directed by Mike Mills