Strange Weather

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Academy Award winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this engrossing story of a woman's quest for rectitude in the wake of harrowing loss. Steeped in a strong sense of place and peopled by convention-defying characters, Katherine Dieckmann's Strange Weather draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a back-roads trek you won't soon forget.

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Holly Hunter
as Darcy Baylor
Carrie Coon
as Byrd Ritt
Craig Boe
as Buford LaPierre
Ransom Ashley
as Walker Baylor
Kim Coates
as Clayton Watson
Turner Crumbley
as Kevin Jenkins
Glenne Headly
as Mary Lou Healy
Shane Jacobsen
as Mark Wright
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Critic Reviews for Strange Weather

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

  • Like so many women who unwisely spend too much time in gyms ruining their looks under the delusion of self-improvement, [Hunter's] muscles upstage her femininity. But the girl can still act.

    Aug 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Hunter, her Darcy often wearing a cowboy hat along with a tank top and skinny jeans more often seen on teens, gives a lived-in, down-but-not-out performance throughout.

    Jul 28, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Not even Hunter, who eventually wears out her welcome, can keep Strange Weather from going off the cliff.

    Jul 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In a quivering, bone-deep performance, Hunter takes Darcy from a mother encased in guilt to a woman who can acknowledge her shattering loss while still recognizing her right to be alive.

    Jul 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The film is at its best when Dieckmann slows down the action and revelations for its real charm: two ladies, on the road, talking.

    Jul 27, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    Top Critic
  • A case of excellent actors straining to elevate a contrived screenplay ...

    Jul 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • May 20, 2017
    A stunning performance by Holly Hunter elevates this careful treatment of the subject of youth suicide. This is no simple revenge tale; instead, the film is only about one thing - the mother and her enduring love, pain and rage after her son's suicide. It is a long process for her to arrive at the point where she can resolve some of it and go on with life, but there is no simple closure. This is a complex, powerful screenplay, not wedded to formulas. Hunter as actor invites a fleeting comparison with Isabelle Huppert: there is a bit of physical resemblance, and both have a surgical approach to the role. But Hunter is ferocious. Her physical presence is as wrought as her emotions - all muscle and sinew, and stringy hair, a face hard-bitten with anguish and determination. Her scenes with the boy's father, and the boy's friends, go deep into the issues; and these men are anything but stereotypes. Putting all of the sharp edges of the story into relief is a kind woman friend, who is all softness and understanding. If you were hoping for Thelma and Louise, think again. This is not adventure, but a raw account of what suicide does to those left behind. Yet it doesn't forget the audience: it is full of humour, the old dog and the truck are stars, you see the real American South, devoid of Hollywood gloss, and you glimpse into the American ethos of individualism and enterprise. And you can watch a star filling the screen to bursting, who makes Keith Richards look innocent, and Isabelle Huppert mild-mannered. Maybe that's what it takes.
    . . Super Reviewer

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