"...you feel you know these people--and genuinely like them, warts and all."
I don't recall having ever seen a movie principally about the relationship between adult brother and sister--and I don't mean the incestuous kind. You Can Count on Me portrays this in such a real, honest, humorous, and heartfelt manner that you feel you know these people --and genuinely like them, warts and all.Laura Linney especially shines in her portrayal of a seemingly responsible, upright citizen of this picturesque small town, who is not quite as easily understood as she first appears. (She gets my vote for an Oscar.) At the heart of this movie is her connection to her brother, who is also not quite the irresponsible, seemingly irredeemable lowlife he at first appears to be. In a nearly seamless unfolding of plot and character, the characters reveal their complexities and personalities and ironic contrasts. Though they end up no closer to solving their life problems than they were at the beginning of the movie, we end up much closer to them - as people we actually know and care about.This is not a movie or action and climaxes and revelations and money scenes. It portrays just a few days in the life of a brother and sister, who learn, if nothing else, how much they love each other--unselfishly and simply and dare I say--purely. And that's pretty special.