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When its mildly interesting 88 minutes are done, one is left to wonder only if the film could have been a lot better in someone else's hands - perhaps those belonging to Wes Anderson.
The movie feels longer than it actually is - always a bad sign - and the climax and denoument are positively underwhelming.
Birthmarked proves both heartfelt and frustrating, perhaps a little like parenthood itself.
It never quite swells your heart like a film on familial love and bonding should.
Never sells its premise and looks shoddy when compared to fictions that had a pretty obvious influence on it.
Director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais shows he can do a pretty good Anderson, but this experiment, otherwise, feels incomplete.
It's unfortunate that the script missed the mark, ending up as neither a truly funny and pointed comedy or a sharp, dramatic exploration of some interesting concepts.
While the performances can't really be faulted, the meekly oddball material they're saddled with definitely can.
Birthmarked is not awful by any means, but it is certainly forgettable.
Hoss-Desmarais and screenwriter Marc Tulin take a premise worthy of Wes Anderson (or Robert Altman, or Paul Thomas Anderson, or Mike Leigh) and slowly, methodically choke every last glimmer of life out of it.
Effectively a movie about child abuse. There is no sentiment, and as for this being a comedy, there are no laughs. It's not as if this is even a novel idea. As recently as last year, there was Brigsby Bear, which at least had some charm
Neither the children nor the main couple are particularly enthralling, and the talent can't save the weakness of Marc Tulin's and Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais's story. For the most part, it seemed Birthmarked couldn't quite figure out its own identity.
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