Nobody Walks (2012)
Martine (Oliva Thirlby), an artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to work on her film. She is staying with friends of a friend, Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt), her husband Peter (John Krasinski), Julie's teenage daughter Kolt (India Ennenga), and their young son. From the day that Martine walks into the the lives of this open-minded, relaxed California family, everything issubtly set off balance....Peter is helping Martine complete the sound design on her art film and they collaborate closely together, working in the studio off the pool house where Martine is staying. They develop a connection that is rare for Peter and necessary for Martine to finish her movie, but which begins to veer away from professional terrain. Each character in Nobody Walks experiences a surge of desire catalyzed by Martine's arrival, and everyone is forced to confront the new landscape that emerges in her wake. -- (C) Official SIte … More
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Critic Reviews for Nobody Walks
Full of humor and humanity, Nobody Walks is an emotionally complex, acutely observed and sensual film and one of the best at Sundance this year.
A bushel full of familiar indie-film devices held together by honest writing and charming performers.
A movie made by women about men who misunderstand sexual signals, behaving badly, and the women who are stuck dealing with their bruised egos.
This dreary independent drama is essentially an art-world soap opera, but without the melodramatic verve that makes some soap operas interesting.
What we have here is a household ripe with seduction, lust, betrayal and repression, all kept below the surface by increasingly strained good manners.
...a self-important nightmare ... shallow script and boring situations. Perhaps that is the simplest way to sum up the film, boring. Offensively boring.
Nobody does much of anything else, either, and that's the problem in this meandering and pretentious low-budget comedy.
The direction is decent, and the film is handsome. But it's finally frustrating, enigmatic in a way that suggests emptiness more than mystery.
A defiance of expectations and exploration of sexual politics that challenges convention--both in art and in real life.
A few scenes hint at the potential of the piece, while the rest of the effort seems more interested in curling up for a nap.
You feel the characters' pangs as they spin out of control, and you are reminded of how easy it is for a careless sexual adventurer to destroy relationships and families on a whim, without even fully realizing it.
If you allow yourself to drift with it, rather than get frustrated by all the non sequiturs, "Nobody Walks" becomes a more enjoyable film.
Russo-Young's characters simply feel like complex, confused people trying desperately to be happy without also destroying their lives with their poor impulse control.
Audience Reviews for Nobody Walks
Co-written by Lena Dunham and director Ry Russo-Young, this is a little indie film that could have been something great, but is instead something greatly terrible.
This artsy and poetic film is about Martine- a young woman who comes to L.A. to finish work on an experimental art film. She is staying in the pool house of Peter and Julie, who are helping her out as a favor to a mutual friend of theirs and Martine's. Peter is a sound designer whose expertise could prove invaluable to Martine's project. But, her arrival shakes things up more than expected, and it becomes a situation that no one will emerge from unscathed.
I really wanted to like this film, because I thought it looked really engaging. Instead, this ends up being a slow, boring, meandering, and pretentiousness slog through a tedious melodramatic situation. It's artsy and poetic, but not really meaningful. It's adds up to basically nothing, and, for an 85 minute film, it's also got a really unnecessary subplot that could have been greatly condensed, if not axed completely.
The film is well shot, yeah, I'll give it that, but it's ultimately hollow and pointless. The characters are all pretty much unlikable, but yet, I thought that the performances were actually okay, which is a shame since the movie itself is awful. It's good to see John Krasinski expand his range, but it sucks that this is now a part of his legacy. Same with Olivia Thirlby. I've always dug her, but this is an embarrassment.
Rarely do I give reviews this negative, but I couldn't help it here. This was just a real disappointing chore to get through, and I really urge you to avoid it.
"Nobody Walks is a artsy film that is suppose to be poetic and meaningful. I got the atrsy part and even the poetic part. The meaningful part is what I am having problems grasping. The film is pointless and has no real conclusion. Some films can work with just being that. This one, not so much. It's basically about lust and betrayal. A girl moves in with the family, there on business, ends up being a little whore messing around with just about every male she encounters. Olivia Thirlby plays Martine, a very unlikable character. I just didn't like her at all in this. Although, I did enjoy the performance from some of the actors, like John Krasinski and India Ennenga. She's a good little actress. The movie is obviously one I wouldn't see again. It's a shame. I usually really enjoy artsy indie flicks. But this one just didn't do it for me."More
In "Nobody Walks," Martine(Olivia Thirlby) travels to Los Angeles where she stays with Miriam(Rosemarie DeWitt), a psychologist and friend of a friend. Actually, her business is with Miriam's husband Peter(John Krasinski), a sound engineer, who is helping her with her artwork. Otherwise, everybody is busy. Kolt(India Ennenga), Miriam and Peter's teenage daughter, is ignoring Avi(Sam Lerner) in favor of nursing a crush on David(Rhys Wakefield) while she also takes Italian lessons. And Martine has her hands full with Billy(Justin Kirk), a particularly troublesome patient.
"Nobody Walks" is a well-photographed film wherein I learned something about sound engineering for films. It also sports a very good cast, especially a usually underutilized Olivia Thirlby in the lead. It also has a sluggish pace. That might be to cover up how little it really has to say on the subject of how women are sexually harassed everyday. Part of that is due to a half-hearted approach that begins awkwardly enough with the opening sequence between Martine and a fellow passenger that because the movie joins them mid-conversation only serves to confuse matters. Plus, Martine is cast in the cliched role of domestic intruder, thus implying that some of it is actually her fault.
An especially weak film without much substance, Nobody Walks is a dry and monotonous indie drama. The story follows a young filmmaker who comes to L.A. to collaborate on her film and disrupts the lives of the family that she's staying with. The plot doesn't go anywhere and has no point to it. Surprisingly there's a lot of talent in the cast, including John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Dylan McDermott. But despite the strong cast, there's nothing in the script to work with. Nobody Walks is an inane piece of trite that has no focus.More
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