"Good acting, Good story, but fell short of my expectations somehow..."
Watching this movie, was almost like being told a lie. From the beginning to near the end, I was enjoying everything. Then at the end they threw this lame-assed "it's-the-end-and-now-I-know-everything-there-is-to-know-in-life" type monologue at me and it kind of urinated on the whole experience.Although somewhat choppy and confusing, the story reveals itself in an interesting and alluring fashion. It's a story of a girl, who, for some reason finds herself swallowing a bottle of aspirin and not quite knowing why she did it. The remainder of the film lets you in on this secret, but not well enough.
Rather than developing each individual character, the story focuses more on the relationship between the characters and how they affect one another. Unfortunately, we don't really give a rat's fat ass about the relationships, or trials and tribulations of the characters, unless we know them. To know them is to love them. It's such a fundamental aspect of storytelling, but still it seems to ellude many filmmakers. This film is a prime example.
While Susanna, played wonderfully by Winona Ryder, goes through her trying times, I found myself wishing that I knew her better. Good acting, even excellent acting will only get you so far in creating a movie that will touch people. We need to know the people, they can't affect us, or move us, unless we know them. The same goes for the supporting cast. Superlative acting, but not enough development.Even still, I enjoyed the film regardless of these shortcomings until the very end. How I despise these types of endings. If you choose to end your film this way, you'd better make these words good. Most of the time they are mediocre at best. The film would have have a much stronger impact had Susanna driven off in the taxi...wordless.