DVD Bluebird

DVD Bluebird
DVD Bluebird
Run time: 90 min
Rating: 6.4
Genres: Drama
Director: Lance Edmands
Writers: Lance Edmands
Stars: Amy Morton, John Slattery, Louisa Krause
In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman’s tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound and unexpected consequences. Weaving together several connected story lines, BLUEBIRD explores the profound and transcendent effects of a tragedy on an isolated American town. Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: logging town, bluebird, maine, isolated community, one word title
Country: USA, Sweden
Release Date: 17 January 2014 (Sweden)


  1. Debut writer/director Lance Edmands puts an admirable touch on his film Bluebird starring John Slattery and Amy Morton. The story and overall aura of the film feels more in line with films like Winter's Bone (2010) and The Sweet Hereafter (1997) but lacking the emotional punch needed to grab the audience fully. Ultimately the film explores many of its central characters in an interesting manner but leaves many questions unanswered and not in the indie-flair way that can still feel satisfying. It's the powerful performance of Amy Morton and the efforts of the rest of the cast that gives the film any lasting impression.

    The film takes place in the frozen woods of a small Maine town. After Lesley (Morton) makes a tragic mistake that shatters the balance of the community, not even her husband Richard (Slattery) or her daughter Paula (Emily Meade), can rid her of the overbearing guilt that has taken over. As multiple stories take place including that of Marla (Louisa Krause), Crystal (Margo Martindale), and young Owen (Quinn Bard), all of their lives become connected in a way none of them could have imagined, perhaps forever.

    Where Edmands succeeds brilliantly is in capturing the essence of a small, American town full of authentic and genuine characters that feel profoundly real. Working as an editor on Tiny Furniture (2010), the film that helped Hollywood discover HBO's "Girls" writer and star Lena Dunham, Edmands keeps a consistent tone that feels cold and convincing. However, the film never fully takes off for the emotional connection to fully take place with the central characters. The cinematography by Jody Lee Lipes creates a sensational atmosphere that falls in line with Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.

    As aforementioned, Amy Morton is a true revelation, delivering her finest acting performance of her career. Morton, a wonderful character actress, is probably best remembered as Thomas Ian Nicholas' mother in the 90s hit Rookie of the Year (1993) and George Clooney's disgruntled sister in Up in the Air (2009). She manages to step into her own fierce abilities as an actress that feels much like Melissa Leo's Oscar- nominated turn in Frozen River (2008). Morton is aware of her surroundings but she gets completely lost in Lesley and becomes the epicenter of sentiment. She's best-in-show and the main take away for the film's slow roast to a finale that feels unsettled and unfocused.

    Slattery takes a full swing at the ball but ultimately comes up short due to being overshadowed by his co-star and having a character to portray that the audience never fully understands. Great actors like Margo Martindale and Adam Driver are fine but completely wasted and don't have enough to contribute. As Marla, Louisa Krause has the most controversial player to represent but doesn't manage to get to the next level of ferocity. Played somewhat like Naomi Watts in 21 Grams (2003), the character begins to build but fails to emote a trait that feels believable. Granted, the character is meant to be hated and completely unsympathetic but the screenplay lacks insight into the motivation behind her point of view.

    If anyone enjoys a leisured look into an American town where emotions are not expressed except in tears and faces, Bluebird might work for many. Losing steam in the middle, the film never fully recovers and leaves you ultimately unsatisfied.

    Oscar CHANCES: Amy Morton for Lead Actress

    Read More at The Awards Circuit (http://www.awardscircuit.com)

  2. SPOILER As the trailer tells us something is happening in the small village that will change the life for the main character. The movie has a nice footage and are approaching the story in a nice slow pace so that we get a good understanding of the day to day life. In the movie everything is presented in an linear way and we will never get to know what is happening when the camera is turned off. The ending is open ended and as an answer on the face to face session the director explained he had a lot of different endings but selected this one as the story will continue and we don't know what is happening. The most important part is not the ending it is that people has started to communicate with each other.

    I feel that this communication part is very important and is also essential to get a working society. A society where you involve lawyers(not usually in Sweden) is a crazy society where you miss that we all are humans. So when I got this message of the movie explained I really liked the story and the movie BUT without listening Lance Edmands I feel I should have missed this message…

    That I firsted missed this essential message makes that the movie doesn't get a higher rating. It is well played and the actors are excellent but I miss that the importance of communicating is more obvious.

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