The disconnection of the mother, the fact that she had the ability to leave her baby son. I could not stand the character Diane on one level because she is obviously unbelievably selfish and self-destructive. Yet, on another level, I felt great compassion for her. All mothers whether they admit to it or not, fear being unable to establish meaningful connections with their children. This is the story of a mother who not only did not connect with her child, but abandoned him. Michelle Monaghan's character is a big drinker and uses men to fill her emptiness, which made it even more difficult to watch but at the same time made it even more riveting. As I was watching, I wanted to see myself as different than Diane, but there are self-destructive parts of her every woman struggles to face. Even though I have made much different decisions than Diane, this film made me feel I could not judge the character or her decisions. In my opinion, we are all just a few twists of fate from despair and brokenness though we will do most anything not to acknowledge that.
I was shocked to see this is the first film by director James Mottern. I am looking forward to seeing what other movies he has coming up. He obviously directed the pants off Michelle Monaghan (I had never heard of her before this film and when I looked her up saw she had mostly played forgettable supporting roles). I am a big Nathan Fiillion fan and really enjoyed his scenes. I do wish he had had a bigger role. Overall, I highly recommend this film but make sure you have kleenex on hand.
This story is nothing new with it's plot that deals with the estranged sibling having to deal with unresolved issues with the parent in a road trip style storyline. But Michelle Monaghan & Jimmy Bennett both give solid performances and breathe fresh air into this cliche story. This film isn't going to be for everyone with it's slow paced plot and strong character driven performances, but all things considered I thought the storyline flowed very well and hit all the right marks. Focusing on past mistakes, broken relationships, and redemption, this film really delivered it's message perfectly. Very touching tearjerker of a movie...really enjoyed it