Future Weather Reviews
Future Weather is a character piece about Lauduree, a young passionate environmentalist, whose single mother runs off to California. Surrounded by people moving in their own directions while trying to cope with the heartbreak of being abandoned by her mother, Lauduree starts to act out, angrily pushing back against those around her. Some might find the whole environmentalist angle a bit annoying since Lauduree does shout out ecological facts out of nowhere. To the film credit it doesn't overplayed that angle of Lauduree where it becomes preachy. If anything the characteristic is a key fundamental in showcasing the evolution of her. It metaphors a deep struggle within Lauduree mind without losing a shed of relatability from the audience. The plot is a relatively simple one to follow being primarily driven by it characters. We get in depth looks not us at our protagonist life, but also those around her. Each major character contribute something important to the protagonist and her progression in the story. Never does one character feel like they go to waste. Heavy on plot around fully fleshed out characters create a strong, simple, and deep dramatic story.
Leading actress Perla Haney-Jardine performance is reminiscent to that of Lawrence in Winter's Bone. Being able to convey the hidden pain of her character. Handling the both the heartbreaking and love scenes with ease. Never coming off as too dramatic in a breakdown or too intelligent when shouting ecological facts. Perla Haney-Jardine has potential that can make her a breakout star. The main cast consist of purely females which is a very nice welcome. Each of the actresses get to the root of the character of their characters. Marie Ireland while not appearing a majority of the screen time comes through convincingly as a well meaning, but incapable mother. Amy Madigan is the opposite portraying a grandparent who while taking care of a child at the sacrifice of her own personal life is more too than what is on the surface. Representing a take that gives an understanding for her strict parenting while never coming off as a verbally abusive caretaker. The visuals while simple say highlight the beauty of nature and emotions of the scene. Using lighting wisely present the mood of a scene or a new permanent change.
Future Weather is a excellent debut film from first time writer/director/producer Jenny Deller showing a clear understanding of the medium and a profound confidence. It has a great script that simple to follow with depth, a cast of actors who all understands their roles, and rightful use of visuals as a tool benefiting its storytelling.
Indeed, Miss Deller is a deft and subtle enough writer & film-maker to have been able to weave the socio-economic woes of an adolescent "empirically" grappling with torment into the larger fabric of her cognitive, & finally collegial, culture-passion. It's THIS odyssey, more than out-and-out suffering, that's at the heart of the film: how one starts alone, yet accompanied (eg, the metaphoric maternal classroom), & yet how one thrives by achieving a middle course that's inherently social (if artisanally lonely). The careful observer of the film will note how Lauduree negotiates her many relationships via truth & sincerity, but also how her perspectives on others evolve as she unselfishly realizes the attentive value of specialists, hobbyists, enthusiasts...dare I say, cineastes? That coming-of-age challenge, narratively, was, to my mind, masterfully overcome by an eventual solution to an early riddle the movie poses: to kiss, or to be kissed; or ... well, Whether To Kiss At All! Neither spoiling nor alerting here as to what THAT might mean, but one of the most touching aspects of _Future Weather_ is how mothers almost always find their ways back to their children: however unlikely, however haltingly, however far, futile, or unclasped. And since nurturing is, essentially, what saving the planet or sustaining our life-giving environment is all about, the only thing that remains borderline about this film is the question of whether the mass of humanity will become educated enough---indeed, this is the Light that that disruptive scene takes greatest pains to shed---about the verifiable realities of what's before us. Beyond her own "math/science" background, & what appears to be a generational influence of the technical arts, it's anyone's guess as to where Jenny Deller's windy city vision hails from, or how far it can go in the world. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist (although some, like dear Homer Hickam, blend affectionately with us laity!) to know that absorbing this tale is to become intimate with an experiment in human-science, & that if more impressionable youth attend it, fewer minds entering our workforce or going into public service are likely to remain "hid" among the ignorant, indifferent alcoves of, say, private TV. Indeed, I left more illuminated about the ways of extended family, & more "taught" upon the virtues of Men of Good Advice, than I would had I wasted a sawbuck on _2016: Obama's America_ , another kind of future weather all together! For films that are DESIGNED to brainwash, by turning us so, return us to the unquestioned provinces of all-too-familiar belief.
Now I may be paranoid in thinking that the only real fear we have more than 6 mos. into this "indie" release is that it may not be fully nationally distributed by a studio interested in something more than sex, violence, political intrigue or superheroes. But if there are healthy things to BE paranoid about, then I'm happy to claim such fate as my momentary illness.