Bluebird | Chicago Reader

Bluebird

What a shame that the first film to star venerable stage actress (and longtime Steppenwolf member) Amy Morton is this terminally arty drama, set in a Maine logging town where everyone acts like a character from Cries and Whispers. The inhabitants are so sluggish and morose that they seem to be marking time until tragedy occurs, and they all get something to brood about when a deadbeat mother forgets to pick up her young son one winter afternoon and the boy freezes to death on the school bus. Morton plays the bus driver, an emotionally repressed wife and mother who blames herself for the boy's death and slowly unravels. Lance Edmands directed his own script, and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (Tiny Furniture, Martha Marcy May Marlene) uses lots of slow zooms and empty wide-screen compositions to remind us how serious this all is.

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