No matter how much it can make you think back on this film or that, trying that with The Playroom is not only reductive, but also forces one to miss a pretty good film. Although some, such as myself, saw Julia Dyer‘s movie almost nine months ago at Tribeca, it’s only starting to gear up for a theatrical release set to commence next month — which would normally bring a trailer, but has, instead, sent a clip our way.
Unfortunately, this piece is a little awkward on its own. The peculiar tone and structure feels awkward when divorced from The Playroom‘s greater context, especially when you’re only getting a bit of what makes this a rather strong movie, too. The authentic period recreation, great performances from adults (John Hawkes / Molly Parker) and kids (mainly Olivia Harris) alike, as well as a strange emotional center can’t find their way out in 105 seconds. (Nor should they, really.) This isn’t such a bad introduction on its own, though, and, if you can go with the flow of what’s here, Dyer may have a film for you.
Watch the clip below (via Yahoo!):
Here’s the first poster:
Set in the suburbs during the 1970s, the story unfolds like a dream wrapped around a family drama, one in which all members of the Cantwell family struggle to find their way in a rapidly changing world. Maggie is a vulnerable yet tempestuous teenager who acts as big sister and surrogate mother to her three younger siblings. Upstairs in the attic she tells them fantastical stories, but only to mask what is happening downstairs. As her hard-drinking parents, Martin and Donna, entertain guests, Maggie grapples with their flawed choices and is thrust into a world she might not be ready for.
The Playroom will enter limited release on February 8th.
After watching this clip, do you have any interest in checking out The Playroom?
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