Kenneth Lonergan offers no resolutions in this dense and ambiguous film, unless it's that the only resolutions in life are in art. Anna Paquin plays a spoiled teenager who witnesses an accident, plunging her into an adult world of guilt, injustice, recriminations, and lawsuits. Her initiation proceeds with indirection, and includes a rocky relationship with her actress mother, whose career she holds in contempt. In fact, most of the characters despise the theater, as well as film, opera, and literature — and then they realize that they're the only consolations we've got.
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