Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life. [imdb]
Nominated for 4 Oscars:
Best Actress: Annette Bening
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo
Best Original Screenplay
The film definitely felt a bit better the second time around: it's because looking at it again made me appreciate the performances more. Of course, Annette is fabulous, Julianne delivers a good performance, but Mia Wasikowka's acting seemed much better & more touching to me upon a second viewing. Don't start me on Ruffalo, though, I don't understand the buzz around his performance.
The screenplay is quite good, with good dialogue and a nice story. While the direction is mostly subtle, you can notice small elements that make it special and the editing of the film is dead on. Had we had 5 BP nominees, it wouldn't have made it: but I'm glad it did, it'a a small, special movie - and it might just hold Annette's all time best.
My rating for the film: 8/10. It has a good pace, it's never boring.