DVD Bottled Up

DVD Bottled Up
DVD Bottled Up
Run time: 84 min
Rating: 5.9
Genres: Drama
Director: Enid Zentelis
Writers: Enid Zentelis
Stars: Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland, Josh Hamilton
In this modern day drama, Oscar-winner Melissa Leo beautifully conveys the heart-wrenching struggle that comes with love and addiction, while also lightheartedly depicting a woman rediscovering romance. She plays hopelessly hopeful Faye, mother to Sylvie (Marin Ireland) who, many months after a car accident, continues to complain of back pain. After refusing physical therapy, it becomes clear to everyone but Faye that her daughter is addicted to pain killers. When earnest environmentalist Beckett (Josh Hamilton) moves to town, Faye quickly befriends him, hoping that he will be the solution to Sylvie’s problems. As Beckett finds himself further intertwined in their lives, he inadvertently helps Faye realize the depth of her family’s problem, even as he brings a touch of happiness. Before too long Faye’s hand is forced, and she must decide whether to protect her daughter or find the happiness that she has long denied herself. Written by Anonymous
Release Date: 19 April 2013 (USA)


  1. There have been a decent number of films over the years that have focused on addiction. However, Bottled Up is interesting because it focuses less on the addict and more of the co-dependent mother of the addict. This mother, Faye (Melissa Leo) thinks she loves her daughter by helping her daughter get prescription pills. She reasons that her daughter is in real pain and if that means pretending to be injured herself to get prescriptions for her daughter, then this is justified in her mind. Additionally, like many co-dependent people, Faye tends to blame herself for her daughter's problems and acts like her own life and her own needs are unimportant. It's sick but it's also nice to see the filmmakers recognize that this sort of person is common and does a lot to feed the other's addiction.

    Into this messed up home comes a very strange and SUPER-environmentally minded guy, Becket (Josh Hamilton). He's so into protecting the watershed that at one point in the film, he seems HAPPY when he discovers chemicals in the water, as now he's RIGHT—it does need saving!! He's very sweet and the addicted daughter, Sylvie (Marin Ireland) is smitten with him—though exactly why isn't all that clear. However, over time, Becket becomes far more attracted to the mother. While she's clearly much older than Becket, she does have some very nice qualities—those apart from her co-dependency. But, because Faye thinks her needs are far less important than Sylvie's, she's VERY hesitant to have a relationship with Becket.

    Through the course of this film, Sylvie makes a mess of her life and hurts a lot of people. All this is pretty understandable and not unexpected. After all, she is an addict and would do anything for a fix and to avoid facing her problems. And, at the same time, it sure looks like Faye will never do what she needs to do to get her daughter professional help. Again and again, she does the wrong thing when it comes to helping Sylvie to face herself. Something has to give…and Becket's presence in their lives might just be the catalyst.

    Junction is what I would term a 'little film'. I don't mean this pejoratively in the least—this is NOT a bad thing. A little film is one with a relatively modest budget and a relatively simple story—but it's also a film that puts a strong emphasis on the characters and acting and deft direction really come into play. There are no explosions, nude scenes or insane plot twists to distract from this being a film about people—sick and sad people, but people nevertheless. It's the type story I enjoy seeing, but it's also the type that rarely makes a ton of money, as most theater patrons WANT explosions, boobies and nutty, way- out ideas! But if you are willing to watch and let yourself enjoy a little film, then Junction would be a good bet.

    By the way, some of you might wonder if this film is appropriate for teens. After all, it's rated R. As for me, a PG-13 rating would be far more appropriate. Apart from a little bit of harsh language (and it's not much), the subject matter and a reference to sex, I cannot see anything about the film that would offend—and it seems like a pretty good film for teens and parents alike.

  2. I found this film hilarious as well as gripping. I was amazed that I laughed so much for such a serious topic as addiction to pain killers. I felt so much empathy for the mother, played by Melissa Leo, and her daughter. And the young environmentalist "love interest" who appears on the scene is so very cute and silly! The mother's job is hilarious and involve among other things putting rings in the nipple of a fat man! The characters are quirky but very true to life in a small town. My friends and I found it all very entertaining and it also made us think about this issue that is gripping our country. The scenery was also beautifully rendered.

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