All The Light In The Sky (2013)
Adams (Happiness, HBO's "Hung," Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among countless others) stars as an actress living in Malibu who faces harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis enters the actress's niece, played by Sophia Takal (Green, Gabi on the Roof in July, V/H/S), who arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complex prism of emotional insecurities. Can the actress confront her fears, complicated relationships, and figure out how to navigate mid-life in Hollywood? (c) Factory 25 … More
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Critic Reviews for All The Light In The Sky
For a filmmaker whose work is mostly about the overdue onset of adulthood, it makes sense that Swanberg's first film to zero in on the subject of aging is only interested in middle age as the flipside of youth on the existential coin.
Clearly, this is a film dear to her heart as it touches on aging and the superficiality of Hollywood, but this formless, momentum-free indie isn't just a snoozer, it's downright comatose.
Adams, yet again, commands the screen with authenticity and simplicity, but the film lacks commitment.
Where the film excels is in capturing the quiet revelations in Marie's life over the few days it chronicles - revelations that represent the aftermath of choices made years before, when expectations were higher.
Without any apparent sweat, 'All the Light in the Sky' is pretty cosmic.
A minor effort in a filmography largely composed of them, "All the Light in the Sky" is nonetheless satisfying on the terms it establishes early on.
Without preaching, "All the Light in the Sky" poses questions that are worth asking, even if we know the answers.
In Joe Swanberg's disaffected little film, the drama is never explicit, or even fully conscious.
The film's nondescript depictions of quotidian life gel into a big-picture story of humanity's brief spark of presence in an infinite universe. That Swanberg and...Jane Adams do this without the least bit of pomposity is a pretty damn neat trick.
Swanberg ... has a knack for catching human behavior at its most unguarded.
No shot looks like it was set up, and, fictional names aside, it's never clear whether actors are speaking in-character or voicing their own opinions.
Anyone who has lived in Los Angeles for more than a few years will recognize the character type Adams plays here, though it's never been articulated quite so well on film.
Proof that the ultra-low-budget, character-driven, true indie spirit of Joe Swanberg has not eroded in the slightest.
[A] tediously naturalistic and fairly pointless no-budget indie about the compromises of middle-aged femininity.
With his solar measurements and celestial allusions, the real-life environmental entrepreneur David Siskind gives the drama a cosmic context, and Swanberg-who is also the cinematographer-makes luminous images to match.
Lovely. The beautifully-shot film is observant, gently adult and wryly funny.
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