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I was looking forward to this movie after seeing Ryan Gosling in “Stay” and forever being in love with Kirsten Dunst. Though it was nothing like its trailer, which promoted the idea of a love gone awry because of business or something like that. Instead it was much more sinister with the murder of a poor dog, and the suspected murder of Kirsten Dunst.
I like the “indie”ish feel that Dunst’s films have, and although this was not especially an indie film (produced by Groundswell Productions which also produced “The Informant!” and “Milk”) it didn’t fly into the realms of a Hollywood, corporate pictures, helped by Director Andrew Jarecki as his first feature narrative movie.
Ryan Gosling of course gave a great performance as the mentally scared wannabe good husband living the good life, but forced into his fathers business empire at the bottom of the ladder. He was as ever endearing and prompted the right amount of empathy when caused though the same amount of dislike.
The only thing I didn’t care for in the film was that it remains unfinished and as such the conclusion seemed ‘fumbly’ and thrown together. Too many tales of what happened next fused with random clips. This can be expected from films based on real life events without denouement. Overall, however, it is a good watch and prompts a little discussion afterwords whilst allowing one some contemplation of what could be the truth.