Critic Consensus: Unrelentingly somber yet undeniably powerful, Bluebird serves as a thought-provoking calling card for debuting writer-director Lance Edmands.
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Critic Reviews for Bluebird
If you're willing to enter the world of downbeat northern gloom in Bluebird, it's a delicate and affecting drama with grace notes of mystery and redemption.
Edmands' scenario provides plenty of opportunity for narrative twists and social commentary, but these aren't the areas of interest for the filmmaker. Rather, he's interested in the people ...
On one level, "Bluebird" is a bitter slice of life about hardy, stoic New Englanders battling the elements and a crumbling regional economy. On another, it's a poetic meditation on the human struggle to make sense of a cruel and indifferent universe.
The dangling ending won't appeal to everyone, but nobody makes a movie like "Bluebird" with that in mind, anyway.
What a shame that the first film to star venerable stage actress Amy Morton is this terminally arty drama.
Earnestly well-intentioned and doggedly uncommercial, this is the kind of film that's worth rooting for in principle, but a solid cast and evocative 35 mm photography can't compensate for its slightly stultifying familiarity.
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.
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