just finished it and I am sort of speechless. a truly great piece of film making. for those of you don't like film to make you think look away now and rent something else.
so hard to explain this movie without telling the story but I shall try. walter ( mel) is depressed and at the end of his rope turns to a stuffed beaver hand puppet to say all the things he cant, in fact to act as his personality. there are some really comic moments during this adjustment period. his eldest son is having problems of his own trying to not turn into his dad and basically be a teenager. jodie foster is the suffering wife who wants walter to snap out of it but accepts the beaver for the sake of their younger child and the fact that it seams to be helping walter. the rest you have to find out yourself.
the performances are top notch. foster did a great thing casting mel, he seems to be working through some of his own demons during the film and is truly convincing to the end. the direction by foster is flawless, keeping the pace quick and letting the characters develop what seems naturally from part a to b but being honest in the portrayal so its not all " happy endings if you put up with a little darkness". It is basically a families struggle with depression and the ways in which we fool ourselves that we are happy even when we are not. really that's the best I can do without giving it all away, as it will surprise you from the moment you start watching. its, funny ( taking a shower with the beaver), its sad, its serious, then light. but its so well done its natural. think American beauty with puppets.
probably one of the best pieces of film making in the true sense I have seen in a long time. probably since thank you for smoking