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Review: Breaking Upwards

It isn't pretty, but it works
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  July 13, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars


Young (he's 27) director Daryl Wein's debut feature is kind of a mess: he withholds and warps the emotions of the main characters till there's little sympathy to be had. But though this tactic is usually enough to derail a film, it works here because, as we all know, love ain't always pretty.

A twentysomething Brooklyn couple (Wein and Zoe Lister Jones, who are said to have based the script on their own real-life relationship) are in a rut after four years together. They agree to take a break, even designating "days off'' where they won't speak. The resultant feelings skip from comfort to indifference to vengefulness.

Much of the commentary on their break comes from the family and friends with whom they surround themselves — many of whom have ulterior motives. All this leads us back to the core of the film: the interaction between Zoe and Daryl, where the irrational desire for each other is subtly shown and not told.

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