chop shop, ramin bahrani's second film:
the kid at the center of this film is not a professional actor, and i was kind of prepared for that to be glaringly obvious. but he was amazing - a real kid, in a situation that was heartbreaking and authentic.
and wendy and lucy:
this movie filled me with anxiety, as it primarily involved car trouble, poverty, and a lost dog. michelle williams was perfect in it, understated and lost and ageless in an odd way (she could've been 17 or 30). and the poignancy of wendy's love for her dog lucy, the only creature in the world who needs her, made me weep. the tragic love of a good dog is among the most moving of all relationships (and considering the short lifespan of a dog, it's always tragic). this movie was somehow bleak but not without the tiniest glimmer of hope - kind of perfect for the times we live in right now.
i love this quote from the new york times, explaining the film's R rating:
The rating seems to reflect, above all, an impulse to protect children from learning that people are lonely and that life can be hard.