The Young Girl and the Monsoon (2001)

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Actor and author of the well-regarded book Screenwriting from the Heart, James Ryan makes his directorial debut with this character-driven romantic comedy. The film focuses on respected photojournalist and divorced father Hank (Terry Kinney), who has a proclivity toward covering remote and dangerous trouble spots, much to the irritation of his 13-year-old daughter Constance (Ellen Muth). At the same time, something seems to be gnawing at Hank. On the homefront, he is reluctant to commit to his beautiful 26-year-old girlfriend Erin (Mili Avital), while at work, he is equally hesitant to campaign for a prestigious Humanitas award for his photographs. Things come to a head when Constance comes to live with Hank while her mother goes on a three-month long honeymoon. This film was screened at the 2000 L.A. Independent Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for The Young Girl and the Monsoon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Kinney is solid, as usual, but it is young Muth who gobbles up the screen.

Jul 20, 2001

This scattershot little movie doesn't have nearly enough going on in it.

May 21, 2001 | Full Review…

A fine example of how a character-based story can be so compelling you don't miss the frills.

May 16, 2001

The strength of the film lies in Ryan's ability to make us care about all of his characters and to make them highly credible and specific.

May 14, 2001

One's admiration for the filmmaker's familial concerns offsets many of its shortcomings.

May 4, 2001 | Full Review…
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Crackles dangerously to life whenever Constance (who narrates the film) is on the screen with her father Hank.

May 4, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5

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