USA, 2013, 100 Minute Running Time
ENDS THURSDAY at the Sie FilmCenter.
"An award-worthy performance by Wiig... extraordinarily subtle." -Scott A. Gray, Exclaim!
"4 Stars! Kristen Wiig is a chameleon... She enters into the experience of being another human being, and does so invisibly, without fanfare or wanting to be congratulated for her "bravery".... There is not a hint of condescension in her portrayal. You worry for her. You are embarrassed for her. You feel protective; you wince at her openness. You keep discovering how much you have under-estimated her. It's a great performance." RogerEbert.com
In her first dramatic role, Kristen Wiig gives "a beautifully restrained performance" (The Hollywood Reporter) as Johanna, a profoundly shy, shabby housekeeper hired to care for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) and his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). Despite her outgoing nature, Sabitha carries wounds from the death of her mother years before, while her father (Guy Pearce) is a hapless recovering drug addict with a certain ragged charm. In an act of mean-spirited rebellion, Sabitha fosters a pseudo-relationship between Johanna and her father through a series of forged emails, never dreaming of the potential harm. However, Johanna is not a demure cut-out, but rather a woman for whom the phrase "still waters run deep" could have been coined, and the young girl's cruel prank provokes Johanna to indulge in something long missing from her life: the dream of a future and a home of her own.
US Distributor: IFC Films