By Shawn Levy
The slender, tender threads of plot involve aspirations, creativity, missed connections, and the tragic disposability of human life in an age when throwing things away--even precious things--is the norm. The images of Portland, its buildings, its landscape and, especially, its weather are pure, lovely, loving McCormick, and the contributions of cinematographer Greg P. Schmitt and composer Matthew Cooper are stellar.
The delicacy of the film might frustrate some audiences. As if watching a listless young relative do nothing in particular with his or her life, you sometimes want to shake these folks by the shoulders and tell them to get in gear. But then you realize that life has many gears and that moving slowly and somewhat aimlessly is no sin.
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