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Welcome To The Rileys.
on 30 April 2017
An intimate, fairly slow-moving social drama, very much a three-hander performance-wise from the star cast who dominate the story.
Gandolfini and Leo put in fine performances as the estranged couple struggling to come to terms with the death of their teenage daughter eight years ago; this was one of several edgy character performances from Stewart following her success in a certain quadrilogy, and here she portrays the self-destructive Alice/Mallory (whom Gandolfini`s character befriends) with a degree of subtlety and feeling. All three characters are damaged, but over the course of the drama, all turn a corner in their lives; it has an underlying melancholy, some humour and ultimately has a note of hope.
A sensitive, reasonably successful tale, nicely filmed mainly around New Orleans locations and fairly convincing; Melissa Leo`s is the stand-out performance if I had to choose, but the success of the film belongs to all three stars.
A fairly good little film of its type.
The UK DVD release is absolutely bare-bones, with no subtitles of extras of any kind.