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All of them go about their lives surrounded by the possessions that they hold dear. But over the course of four days, the intertwined world of the Golds, the Trains, the Christiansons and the Jennings will collide with the past.
We get a glimpse into the functinality of disfunctional middle America, and what a trip it is. There is an underlying sadness about this film that is so real it is frightening, we follow several families through trial and tribulation and it is terrific.
Every performance is first rate and everything is plausable due to the surreal aspects, including the talking doll-girlfriend which would ordinarilly be ludicrous.
The soundtrack is excellent and very enjoyable, some well known songs nicely mixed with some less well know, but appropriate, tracks.
If you don't like dark, morose humour then steer clear this is not a light comedy, but, if you you like dark real issues then I would snap this up at once.
Adapted from a book of short stories by A. H. Holmes, the film attempts to weave these short stories into a collective, cohesive narrative. It is a strained effort, at best. It gives an ostensible slice of suburban angst through the stories of four middle class families, neighbors in a suburban community. All have some connection to a car accident that severely injured the son of one of these families, causing him to remain in a vegetative state.
The film plods along, unraveling the accident in tortuous fashion as it takes the viewer to the final denouement. Some of the characters behave inexplicably without rhyme or reason as to why they would behave in such a fashion, leaving the viewer to wonder why. While the reasons may be of interest, there is not a clue as to such. It may simply be that the author's interrelated short stories simply did not adapt well to film, despite best efforts to make it into a cohesive entity.
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