Meadowland

Meadowland

Reed Morano (2015)

91min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The loss of their young son sends New York couple Sarah and Phil (Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson) into a psychological tailspin in this intense drama. On her directorial debut, cinematographer Reed Morano (Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings) dives head-first into a subject few parents would contemplate, with both characters dealing with their grief in extreme, but relatable ways. The film has a tendency to wallow in their sorrow, examining their pain almost gleefully which isn't exactly pleasant viewing. Wilde and Wilson at least bring some humanity to the journey, making Sarah and Phil remarkably ordinary. They are people you could very well meet in everyday life, which makes the tragedy all the more affecting. Wilde, in particular, takes advantage of the set-up, allowing her devastated mother to truly go off the deep end. Strong support from the likes of Elisabeth Moss and Giovanni Ribisi flesh out a hard-going but undoubtedly moving film. Those with the stomach for unrelenting sadness will find much to contemplate.

Summary

A woman becomes locked in a downward spiral after her son goes missing from a service station, while her husband starts to lose sight of his morals. Drama, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson, with Merritt Wever and Giovanni Ribisi.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Olivia Wilde
Phil Luke Wilson
Tim Giovanni Ribisi
Shannon Elisabeth Moss
Adam Ty Simpkins
Pete John Leguizamo
Joe Kevin Corrigan
Kelly Merritt Wever
Director Reed Morano
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse, brief nudity.
Drama