Run & Jump (2014)
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Writer-director Steph Green develops it so patiently and notes its emotional dislocations so carefully that it never descends into cliche.
"Run & Jump" pretty much paints itself into a corner, but it has a nice time getting there.
It's sensitive and winsome, like a modestly budgeted independent film should be.
"Run & Jump" is surprisingly alive, full of jolts and unexpected bursts of humor and earned emotion.
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An American neurologist bunks with an Irish family to study the eccentric behavior of the brain-damaged father who's recovering from a stroke; naturally, his objectivity erodes as he becomes emotionally involved with the wife and children. Mature drama that would have benefited from brisker pacing.
"Run & Jump" starts with Vanetia(Maxine Peake) bringing her husband Conor(Edward MacLiam), a woodworker, home from the hospital after a stroke left him in a coma for a month and in the hospital for four more. Needing money, she lets Ted(Will Forte), a neuroscientist, into the home, not to aid with Conor's recovery which has gone as far as it can but to observe for a paper he is writing, displacing Lenny(Brendan Morris) who is being bullied from his room. "Run & Jump" is an offbeat and engaging look at the adjustments a family makes after an unthinkable tragedy, proving that there is no such thing as an impartial or invisible observer. Of particular interest is the way the movie does not offer up any easy solutions or magic bullets. As unpredictable as the movie can be while set in rural Ireland which can be simultaneously comforting and provincial, there are maybe certain story elements that I should have seen coming but didn't. Some of that comes down to the high level of performances, especially a vibrant Maxine Peake as the music-loving lynchpin of the family and Will Forte knowing enough again to keep out of the way.
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