Better Things (2008)
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as Mrs. Gladwin
as Tess Baker
as Mr. Gladwin
as Tess's Mom
as Gail Wilson
as Nan Wilson
as Mr. Wilson
as Mrs. Wilson
Critic Reviews for Better Things
The ironies are always cruel and never comic in British writer-director Duane Hopkins's striking debut, an austere, though empathetic, insightful and technically crisp slice of social realism.
Hopkins marks himself out as a man of unique vision who isn't afraid to try something different to encourage an audience to think.
This approach is well handled, giving the film a constant chilly allure, but there are some trite scenes in the stories that unfold.
It's a miserable film, really, but it might just get you thinking - and make you grateful for what you've got.
Bleak yet powerful, hushed yet haunting, this is an extraordinary portrait of lives dissolving away into nothing in the chilly English countryside.
Audience Reviews for Better Things
Slightly disappointing in that this could have been a really great film. Better Things is realistic and gritty, but has a very depressed tone to it, this suits it's subject matter, yet the uncertainty of story order sometimes confuses and whilst the characters are not all linked as such, there is a common link in the situations themselves. I just feel this film is missing a special ingredient that should have made it a really talked about, interesting, hard hitting film.
Are you kidding? Over extended pauses on inanimate objects, boring, unintelligable and utterly useless dialogue make for one very long and tired piece of garbage.
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