To reveal any more information would be to rob The Closer We Get of its understated bravery. Guthrie and her parents expose themselves bare in this film, and their guarded revelations show wounds that feel fresh. These people don’t like to talk about themselves and their daughter captures the vulnerability of her parents as they avoid saying the unsayable when fifty years of marriage(ish) are on the line. Guthrie invites the audience to appreciate both sides of the argument as she creates a compelling portrait of her mother, arguably a victim in the whole affair, while she looks admirably at her father (a victim of his own sorts) who nurtures Ann when he could have easily used their divorce to exit the picture. It’s a touching and frank character study.
Rating: ★★★ (out of ★★★★★)
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