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Weightless (2018)

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Alessandro Nivola, Julianne Nicholson, and Johnny Knoxville star in this haunting drama of a man, living on the margins of society, who suddenly finds himself responsible for a ten year-old son whom he hasn't seen since infancy. An alienated loner who can barely take care of himself, he struggles to forge a relationship with this lonely, at-risk child. Canadian director Jaron Albertin is a celebrated talent in the video and commercial world. In 2015, year he won the most prestigious award for advertising, the Palm d'Or at Cannes for his directorial work on Under Armour'sI Will What I Want campaign with Gisele Bündchen. His other numerous accolades include a Bronze Cannes Lion and additional Cannes Lion Shortlist, a prestigious D&AD Yellow Pencil (and additional Pencil nomination), Gold and Bronze Clio Awards, an AICP Award, and the PLUG Award for Music Video of the Year. Weightless, co-written by BAFTA and Tony winning writer/playwright Enda Walsh (Once, Hunger) is his feature film directorial debut.

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Joey Rippo
as Patrick
Patrick Klein
as Bar Patron
Annie Yokom
as Natalie
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Despite the emotional terra firma Nivola and other cast members try to provide, this drama about a taciturn loner forced into single-parenthood drifts into the ozone.

November 9, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a sense of beauty and contemplation in Albertin's work, and though it seems like danger hangs in the air, there's an odd lack of tension or suspense, and the film's pace requires incredible patience.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Though hardly a failure, the serious-minded film is less affecting than it might've been, relying sometimes on hints that are needlessly ambiguous and on symbols that don't quite click.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Here, deeply damaged people are prone to exasperating decisions. Yet these characters are so strikingly realized that you can't help but care for them.

November 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The nicest thing that can be said about this demure little Canadian trifle is that it's a film that finally gives the gifted, self-assured and sadly underrated Alessandro Nivola a leading role.

November 8, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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Still, while his first feature may be gorgeous, the characters in this rural family drama prove so amorphous that their struggles engender detachment instead of empathy.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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