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It's a letdown ... that the final act turns to a melodramatic showdown ...
At a mere 71 minutes, this naturalistic snapshot set at a bucolic residence for pregnant girls feels like it needed more gestation before cameras rolled.
"Uncertain Terms" finds some substance within its ideology of evaporated ambitions, though there's plenty of empty space in which the film is still able to limit itself.
Pivoting off pop music cues, "Uncertain Terms" can feel slight, and, oddly for this filmmaker, it dips into clichéd dialogue.
The film is brisk, brief, well acted, smartly crafted, and shrewdly judged.
A rural group home for pregnant teen-agers is the setting for this intimately detailed, sharply observed modernist melodrama, directed by Nathan Silver.
Silver may have made a habit of documenting characters with shaky futures ahead, but judging by his latest, he knows where he's going, even if it's thrillingly uncharted territory.
His latest film and fourth feature, Uncertain Terms, is perhaps Silver's most mature depiction of imperfect love to date.
Kudos to Silver for taking big risks, and for the most part making them work.
Partnered with a naturalistic style that takes every advantage of its verdant backdrop, Uncertain Terms is a near-perfect ode to summer and its ephemeral pleasures.
The story doesn't develop as much as deepen, which might frustrate people looking for a simpler, less intuitive drama, but it worked just fine for me.
Appropriately, the images in the film, the most fluidly beautiful and resonant of Nathan Silver's career thus far, suggest flashes of memory relived from the vantage point of the future.
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