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Amazingly, this is Ryan's first lead role in a feature film, and although the sparse Abundant Acreage doesn't always rise to her level, her understated but powerful performance brings the story to life - even in the dead of winter.
Each of the five superb actors gets a moment of dramatic glory out of Mr. MacLachlan's screenplay, which is about guilt, roots and the selfishness of implacable conviction. Each makes the most of it.
The director elects ... to back away from the story's edgier, more unnerving possibilities in favor of something altogether more soggy and formless.
Cinematographer Andrew Reed captures the harsh beauty of post-harvest winter in sharp relief: crunchy stalks left in the field, the sky a crystalline blue.
The movie offers a lesson in minimalist drama, unfolding as a sharply acted mood piece that never crescendos, but hums along with wise observations and first-rate performances.
Only on the big screen are we able to fully appreciate the minutely detailed nature of Ryan's performance, revealing Tracy's soul via the slightest narrowing of the eyes or the almost-subliminal tensing of her cheekbones.
It might seem deceptively simple and straightforward, but this is a film with great depths that demands attentive rewatches.
While things remain more or less tame between the families, despite their sharp disagreements, the acting is universally fierce and finely nuanced, with all five wearing all the context you need to understand where they're coming from.
It's an intermittently charming portrait of a place and a way of life that dominates human destinies but in which those who are tough enough can find real fulfilment.
Abundant Acreage Available is a quiet drama, calling into question whether a place can belong to a person, or if people are just temporary parts of the places they inhabit.
Abundant Acreage Available may be a small film, but it's a deep and rich one, worthy of your full attention.
A moment of silence for Amy Ryan's awards campaign that will never happen for her finely calibrated performance in Abundant Acreage Available.
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