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4.0 out of 5 stars "Cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie...", 14 May 2013
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American screenwriter and director Matthew Porterfield`s second feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Jordan Mintzer, premiered in the Forum section at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on locations in Baltimore, Maryland in America and is an American production which was produced by producers Eric Bannat, Steve Holmgren, Jordan Mintzer and Joyce Kim. It tells the story about a 24-year-old man named Cory who has died from a heroin overdose and his family, friends and those who knew of him.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Matthew Porterfield, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflective portrayal of how various human beings are affected by the death of a young man and especially his sister named Zoe who has returned to Baltimore from Delaware to attend his upcoming funeral. While notable for its authentic and distinct milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and use of sound, this conversational story where the main character is the only character whom is not physically present centres its focus on numerous characters and their individual and related stories.

This humanistic and earth-bounded drama which is set during a summer in a closely connected community in the United States and where an approaching memorial causes contemplation amongst many, is impelled and reinforced by its loose narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, abrupt editing, documentary-like style and the naturalistic acting performances by actors and actresses Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, Zoe Vance, James Siebor, Cathy Evans, Ed Sauer and Virginia Heath. A cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie from the late 2000s where the style of filmmaking is given more substance than the characters.
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