American Woman ★★★★½

American Woman has a beautifully well-written screenplay by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) that through the agency of an impressive Sienna Miller creates a portrait of a complicated three-dimensional woman named Debra Callahan. Covering eleven years, it’s plot observes a single mother confronted with bringing up her grandson after her daughter goes missing. Debra is presumptuous and durable, and Miller’s perfectly pitched performance manages to be sufficiently melancholic and robust, without falling over into conventional triteness.

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