Limbo | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Occupying a treacherous zone between self-referential narrative and disbelief-suspending drama, this tantalizing story about storytelling emphasizes the perspectives of three characters--a former fisherman (David Strathairn) pressured to take up the profession again, a moderately successful singer who's also a moderately successful mother (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), and her unhappy teenage daughter (Vanessa Martinez), an aspiring writer. As the setting shifts from Juneau to the wilderness, the movie's self-consciousness about being a fictional narrative intensifies, yet magically so does the drama. This brash shocker by John Sayles--who wrote, directed, and edited--is bound to annoy as many people as it intrigues. Evanston, Pipers Alley.

--Lisa Alspector

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