It is a genuine and involving film, in my opinion,
but the title is well chosen. Everything and everybody treads water.
Nobody makes any progress toward any goal. Nothing really happens
(other than the unmasking of the partner's secret relationship with
the brother). At the end of the weekend, everything is right back
where it was.
That is realistic, of course, but not very
entertaining or commercial, thus explaining why there was never a
theatrical release. Despite the dramatic stasis, I got involved in the
characters, I enjopyed the stark, evocative look of the Northwest in
winter, and I didn't mind at all to be investing 90 minutes watching
it. To be completely honest, I guess maybe the nudity helped me along
- IMDB summary.
Voting results: IMDb voters score it a dreadful 3.5/10.
|The meaning of the IMDb
score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one
and a half stars from the critics or even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but
will be considered excellent by genre fans, while
C- indicates that it we found it to
be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
C. OK as an actionless slice-of-life film about a
lesbian couple struggling for acceptance. Avoid
it if you don't like that sort of material because nothing
happens at all.