Friday, April 27, 2007

Here comes Laura Linney.....

....in Jindabyne, an Australian film based on the Raymond Carver short story "So Much Water So Close To Home." This story of what happens when three fishermen find the body of a young woman while on a trip is also one of the strands in Altman's Short Cuts. A.O. Scott likes the acting but thinks the filmmakers may have added too much to Carver's story. (NY Times)

There are few actors who convey the wounded intelligence of an ordinary person in distress as well as Ms. Linney. The characters she portrays are often, at first glance, satellites to a central male drama — the mother in “The Squid and the Whale,” the wife in “Kinsey,” the sister in “You Can Count on Me” — but in each of these cases it turns out that her psychological precision holds the key to the story. Here, Claire’s evident sanity and kindness draw the viewer to her side, and we are a bit startled to discover that she, like everybody else, has weak points and blind spots.

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