I Used To Be Darker


I Used To Be Darker

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When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, MD, she seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore. But Kim and Bill (Ned Oldham and Kim Taylor) have problems of their own: they're trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter Abby (Hannah Gross), just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other and letting go, looking for love where they've found it before and, when that doesn't work, figuring out where they might find it next. (c) Strand

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Critic Reviews for I Used To Be Darker

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

  • It's a story of contained chaos, quietly observed - one that catches fire more in retrospect than in the viewing.

    Aug 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Porterfield's film doesn't offer much in the way of plot, but the ways the characters bounce off one another in small spaces are precisely observed, and the actors have a lot of soul ...

    May 9, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Unfolds like a music album, with emotive songs supplying information that doesn't need repeating in the lean screenplay, which the director co-wrote with Amy Belk.

    May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The couple, both musicians, are in the midst of a bitter breakup, and Porterfield frequently trains the camera on one or the other as each performs his melancholy tunes; this stops the narrative dead in its tracks.

    Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The visual style of third-time director Matthew Porterfield ("Putty Hill," "Hamilton") is emphatically lyrical, beginning with a widescreen shot of a Maryland Ferris wheel that suggests a celebration of Americana.

    Oct 24, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Nuanced performances by the non-professional cast and a haunting soundtrack help fill in the deliberate narrative gaps.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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