Year by the Sea (2017)
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as Joan Anderson
as John Cahoon
as Liz Bloomington
as Robin Wilcox
as Joan Erikson
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A quiet movie, as it should be. Joan finds herself because she slows down and listens to her own needs and wants, to nature and the day-to-day rhythms of the village she's become a temporary part of.
The dialogue consists of almost comically generic self-help pabulum, uttered with the pseudo sincerity of someone pretending it's something enlightening. It's not.
Instead of a hearty chowder of emotional highs and lows, first-time director Alexander Janko, who also adapted the script, settles for a diluted, Campbell's-Soup version of getting one's groove back.
"Year by the Sea" is for audiences who don't trust the shiftiness of nuance and craft, of messages that rise up from dramatic situations rather than being pasted on top of them, and who would prefer their life lessons stated loudly ...
The soundtrack alone, with its intrusive string of montage-backing soft rock tunes, could shut down less forgiving viewers.
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