Portrait of an artist without hot water. Very slow, but also very rewarding, to watch an angsty Michelle Williams struggle with showing up, opening up, and letting go. A great, cathartic ending as well.
A flawless exercise in subtlety. One reviewer compared the cinematic experience to eating a bowl of plain congee (a compliment).
I loved that the mother-son relationship was neither estranged nor unbearably close. Care, love and warmth can be expressed, received and understood in the most minute ways. This movie gave me a new way of seeing “good” and “healthy” family relationships.
Wiseman says, ‘I like to show competent people trying to do a good job,’ and that out of 7 well run US city governments he emailed about filming, only Boston said yes.
This is an extremely rare, and thus valuable glimpse into how the giant machinery that is government works. I think the question is always, who are the decision makers actually accountable to (the answer is never just ‘the public’), and how does that shape their competing priorities (maintaining…