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[narrating as WWII era dance music plays]
Let's remember the energy. America had won the war. The depression was over. Sacrifice was over. The upsurge of life was contagious. We celebrated a moment of collective inebriation that we would never know again. Nothing like it in all the years that followed from our childhood until tonight, the 45th reunion of our high school class.
[now walking down a school hallway]
At 30 or 40, a gathering of my old classmates would have been exactly ...
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The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get.
"Why does everyone say she did it when she couldn't have done it? She's been tricked and abducted." Seymour (McGregor) was an All-American sports star that was the most popular kid in college. He married a beauty queen and has the perfect life. They are ecstatic when their daughter Merry (Fanning) is born. Little by little Merry becomes more and more radical and passionate about the polarizing politics of the 60's. After the local post office is blown up and someone winds up dead Merry is the lone suspect. Now, Seymour puts his life on hold to find Merry and discover the truth. This is a very very good move, but it is not for everyone. The pacing is just in that awkward spot where if you are interested in the movie you will stick with it and enjoy the events. If you are on the fence the pacing will be just slow enough that many may bail on this. As for the movie itself, its very artsy and deep and important. This is a great character study and features the best acting of McGregor's career. The movie is dark, very allegorical and deserves a bigger audience than it will get. Overall, a very deep and thought provoking movie that will either be liked or shut off before its finished, depending on the person. I give this a high B.
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