Dushine’s review published on Letterboxd:
I hoped this would be good and less of a disappointment and yea, it was pretty good.
The lead performance was great and the rest of the performances were also pretty good. I don't know why I'm mentioning this but she had a very genuine looking smile. I don't know if it's the chin or something but her moments of joy felt really genuine.
It's a simple story that has a somewhat interesting approach to its presentation. Sometimes the cinematography helped emphasize and strengthen the mood and tone of the film, other times it let the story breathe.
I don't really have much to say. I enjoyed it but it didn't blow me away or anything. Some of the chapters were more interesting than others and even though the pacing seemed mostly fine, the chapters that felt more dull certainly contributed to me feeling the entire 2 hours of the film.
I don't know how to feel about the third act in particular. I was waiting for the film to get to whatever big revelation since it felt like it was building towards that no matter how casual it wanted to look. What I did get though, felt a little, I dunno cliché? Tropey? There was some very heartfelt and genuine conversations had during it but how everything came together made the film feel a lot less impressive compared to the first act for instance. It didn't help that I wasn't too invested in the characters either. The only one I liked got a pretty rough deal but the conclusion wasn't something I cared about.
I know I sound fairly negative but it's mostly things that didn't bring down the film much. The character work was interesting enough though I felt the payoffs could have been helped if we knew these people a little more. Definitely one of the better films of 2021 though.