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The negligence of a distracted bus driver and a woman who spent the night drowning her sorrows in a local bar shake the foundation of a secluded Maine logging town in this drama starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, and Louisa Krause.
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Critic Reviews for Bluebird
Despite threatening to overload on melancholia, the modest film maintains emotional integrity through to its final note of hope.
Lance Edmands' fragile, arthouse-bound debut stands in direct contrast with its weary, working-class characters and the subzero Maine winter against which their story unfolds -- a mournful throwback to more poetically inclined times.
The characters' personal struggles are so singular that this feels like a collection of vignettes instead of a continuous film.
Undoubtably a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker.
Amy Morton is a true revelation, delivering her finest acting performance of her career.
Carefully shot, well-observed and featuring terrific performances... "Bluebird" is an affecting and moving examination of family, mothers, connectedness and the ripple effect of tragic consequences.
A touching and adventurous little film, filled with exceptional acting...lets the actors think and feel, without forcing them to act out in obvious ways.
Grim, absorbing, emotionally exhausting...[writer/director Lance Edmands] demonstrates a natural understanding for character and tone.
A story about just how hard life can be sometimes, Bluebird is a truly affecting drama.
Without a variation in the film's morose tone, it comes off as a slice of rust belt misery.
Audience Reviews for Bluebird
I saw this desolate film at the Cleveland International Film Festival 2014. This independent film shot in Maine in the dead of winter has several name actors. It is a character study with an impressive ensemble cast. The isolated wintery setting is a strong feature in the film, and appropriately it is a USA and Sweden co-production. The film is a study of negligence. A goodhearted bus driver feels shock and remorse after her failure to complete a check of her bus at the end of a shift leads to a sleeping boy nearly freezing to death. The boy's teen mother missed picking him up because she was either drunk or high while fooling around with a guy at his trailer. The teen mom is bitter about having a son and expects her born-again Christian mom to take responsibility for raising the child until lawyers convince her to place the blame squarely on the bus driver. The bus driver's husband and daughter feel stifled at home and the family is drifting apart and facing economic difficulty. The film starts and ends by showing the process of the local logging industry and the subsequent way that the logs are run through the local paper mill. The characters and the audience are similarly cut up, mashed up, and pressed through the mill.More
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