Naked As We Came (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Naked As We Came
As in too much queer cinema, Naked is weighed down by wooden, charisma-free hunks in leading roles, but McWilliams proves a revelation whose passionate performance more than compensates for the distracting eye candy.
Writer and director Richard LeMay's film plays from the heart, sometimes almost too blatantly. But on the whole, it nicely underscores how silences and shouts often come from the same place.
Here is the way it should happen when a family says goodbye: Making peace. Making connections. Smelling the orchids. Seeing the light.
Audience Reviews for Naked As We Came
A little boring. Some nice shots. Sound & Editing a little rough. Not as predictable as it felt like it was going to be!
Terribly titled, this is not a porno, but more of a family melodrama. Laura and Eliot are brother and sister living in New York running a family laundry business. After receiving a phone call from a stranger, they drive to the family's country estate to find their estranged mother gravely ill and living with a handsome young writer named Ted. Illness and a little pot has mellowed their ailing mother and she sets about trying to put her children's lives into perspective, trying to make up for being the terrible mother she was. In turn they set about dealing with their own resentment and broken dreams whilst figuring out who Ted really is and what he is doing living with a dying woman. It does sound awfully trite Hallmark channel baloney and it is at times. The two male leads are quite vacuous, but the film is saved by the well acted out mother/daughter relationship. Great performances by McWilliams and Alers. Sadly the Ted puzzle isn't very well put together and rather falls down in the last act.
It has the flaws every other small budget indie film had. Pleasant acting by the two leading actresses though.
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