I had a feeling I would like this but I liked it even more than I thought I would. Maybe it was just the right, cathartic time for me to see it. I had just come back from visiting my dad. I had just gotten the boys to bed. I was in the midst of drinking a few beers. I almost decided not to watch this because of everything that was going on but it had arrived in the mail so I figured why the hell not? And I'm glad I watched it. It was a good release for me. It felt good to cry.
And the movie isn't nearly as bleak as I was afraid it might be. Yes, it is set eight months after the death of a 4-year-old boy. But it isn't about the accident itself as much as it is about the parents of the boy trying to figure out how to move on with their life. I think this movie would have moved me no matter what but since I was already feeling so fragile, it moved me even more.
This movie is moving, subtle, and hopeful. A parent can never get over such a tragedy but this film shows how to begin to carry on. Just as long as you don't order a birthday cake from Lyle Lovett right before the accident, it is possible to move forward.
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
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