RELEASE DATE: March 8
DIRECTOR: Sebastián Lelio
CAST: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Sean Astin
Lelio’s English-language remake of his 2013 Chilean film hews very closely to the source material, but it does offer one significant virtue: the presence of Moore in the leading role of a divorcée who’s just out there doing her best, a woman so unassuming, she ends her voicemail messages to her kids with “It’s your mother.” Lelio tells her story via a series of abrupt but accumulating scenes, little sketches of the moments in her day, and some of his dialogue is a tad strained (the language barrier, perhaps). But he feels at home in her world of yoga classes and semi-depressing older singles disco nights, and the performances are marvels — not just Moore (who’s terrific, as ever), but a low-key Cera as her son and the undervalued natural resource of Mr. Turturro, who makes you see why she’d fall for him, and what she’d miss until it was too late.