Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sundance 2015: 'Stockholm, Pennsylvania' Review

Sometimes, you have to tip your hat at ambition. But that doesn't mean you also have to recommend the movie. Stockholm, Pennsylvania, from first-timer Nikole Beckwith, concerns a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) who has just been rescued after being kidnapped and living in a man's basement for 17 years. Can she adjust to life with her birth parents, whom she doesn't remember at all? And where will Beckwith take this story? In very unexpected places, it turns out. I wish I liked this character study/psychological drama better. I reviewed the film for Screen International.