The Battelle Film Club kicks off its spring series with a film done by Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Hump Day). It's a nice start for the series.
Emily Blunt (Looper) and Rosemarie DeWitt (TV's Mad Men) are sisters Iris and Hannah. Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) is Jack. Iris was his late brother's girlfriend and is his good friend. Jack is depressed over his brother's death and life in general, and secretly has deep feelings for her. Iris sends him to unwind on the family's supposedly unoccupied cabin. Unknown to both of them, her sister is staying there.
A predictable but interesting relationship develops between Jack and Hannah. When Iris unexpectedly shows up and her feelings become known, things get complicated. Real life, however, is complicated, and that's the goal of writer/director Lynn Shelton's mostly improvised movie.
The acting from this talented trio is terrific. Combine it with Shelton's amazing camera work, and this is one of the better art films released in 2012.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for very mature themes, language. It plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars/4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars / 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie
3 stars / 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD
2 stars / 1 star: Don't bother
0 stars: Speaks for itself