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August Osage County

Dan
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Madison, WI
Post #: 13
When her husband Beverly disappears, it is Violet (Streep) who becomes a ghostly figure haunting the film. The family's matriarchs, sisters Violet and Matte Fae are tough on everyone and tender with each other, a dynamic that felt very real. Violet's angriest daughter Barb, swallows little of her mother's bitterness, regurgitating most of it and adding fresh bile of her own. This may be the richest, bitchiest, most well-rounded role of Robterts's recent career (possibly excepting Steel Magnolias). Violet's dutiful daughter, Ivy, has the most seemingly-sweet and delicately-fraugh relationships. Mattie Fae's husband, Uncle Charlie, seems like a bit of a softy, but he is probably the closest thing to a redeeming male character. Depending on your interpretation, his son, Little Charles my be an enigmatic aphorism representing everyone's challenges or an almost-blank screen that everyone projects their frustrations onto.

The film may disappoint folks who are looking for a quick mood boost or frequent laughs or lighthearted fun. The pace and tone are a bit quicker and more dramatic than Her or Nebraska. Many of the laughs are tinged with a shade of darkness or meanness, but they come from deep within. This is a film about how messy our lives and interaction become; folks who prefer tidy, pat endings should look elsewhere. It takes some risks by wisely avoiding romance, action-adventure, and comedy tropes. Those risks pay off nicely.
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