Amy Minsky (Melanie Lysnkey) is in her thirties and fresh out of a marriage she didn’t want out of. She’s back home with her image-conscious parents in their Connecticut home, and she’s a total mess. When she meets Jeremy (Christopher Abbott), the 19-year-old son of one of her dad’s prospective clients, the two begin a steamy, secret affair and end up discovering themselves in the process.
This quiet, contemplative indie debuted at Sundance last year, and yet it manages to circumvent a lot of the quirky indie tropes that plague so many movies similar to this one. Through it’s stellar cast performances and quiet, wry script, the movie ends up being a surprising little gem that you’ve never heard of. This is definitely a title to seek out–it’s well worth your time.
For once, Melanie Lynskey gets to break out of her traditionally character-bit-part roles and shine as the film’s star. She’s luminous onscreen, and watching her slowly peel away the layers of her depression and start to realize her own worth is amazing. It’s impossible to take your eyes off her when she’s onscreen. You can’t help but root for her, and hope that she’ll find her way–and herself–eventually.
She’s matched in talent and intensity by Abbott, who manages to create a 19-year-old boy who is searching for something just as much as Lynskey’s character. Instead of going full-on brooding, though, Abbott creates a quiet intensity in his character that makes him all the more sympathetic. It doesn’t hurt that the two of them have excellent chemistry, either.
The supporting cast is good and the movie doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Viewers should pretty much know what they’re in for once the movie starts, but that doesn’t make it a less enjoyable experience. Lynskey and Abbott are so good, and the movie’s rising action so satisfying, that this is one it would be hard not to enjoy.