This is a good, but disturbing, movie. The cover makes it look like a comedy, and, while there are funny moments, it’s dark. There’s a lot of threats of domestic violence, and as I watched it, I wanted Russell’s character to leave the area and get to safety.
That was my expectation of the movie, but, that was, and is, an unrealistic longing constructed from viewing so many TV shows and movies where women are quick to take decisive action to leave bad relationships.
How often is it that the story revolves around a person leaving a bad relationship? How often do we see a person, usually a woman, in a bad relationship, who is getting extracted from it by some savior character?
That happens, and it’s the story people want to see, and if they happen to live that story, it’s the story they tell. But, probably more common, is the story of someone getting through their difficult situation and escaping slowly, getting to safety, and some kind of contentment.
This movie is about a woman making a slow escape, having the effort thwarted, and then having a happy ending. The happy ending looked so “tacked on”, as some kind of Hollywood Movie Requirement, so it might be a good idea to ignore it.
The director, Adrienne Shelley, was murdered before the film was released. It’s such a tragedy.