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A delicate study of a young woman extricating herself from the trappings of an outwardly successful life, "Something, Anything" marks a quietly assured feature debut for writer-director Paul Harrill.
The kind of movie you feel protective of even as you are watching it. Its rhythms and inflections are so subtle, it almost comes as a surprise just how compelling they ultimately become.
Modestly presented but emotionally ambitious - and with a lovely, low-key performance from Ms. Shelton - this immersive first feature gently reveals the void of an adulthood on autopilot.
A perspicacious examining of intimate moments, Paul Harrill's Something, Anything artfully circumnavigates narrative expectations in the manner of only the most thoughtful stories.
Something, Anything doesn't really engage with issues of faith or materialism (unless you count canceling your cell phone as evidence), and the cringeworthy endgame sets up a hipster bar-band concert as false catharsis.
Don't let the generic title fool you. Paul Harrill's Something, Anything gently tells its story through detailed specificity.
Harrill has made something quiet, observant, and quite contrary to the popular narrative of American love stories. ... It's poetic, profound, and often very beautiful.
An ambivalently presented portrait of someone not so much finding herself but subtracting everything from her life to see what she has left.
Something, Anything is the rare film that gently asks the big questions, then gives us space, and room.
The film turns what at first seemingly appears as Kodak moments into a study of a soul in transition.
A concise, fascinating exploration of American life, making pointed use of Southern cultural values for a more universal story of malaise and vulnerability.
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