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All My Puny Sorrows

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Moving, heavy drama about suicide has some sex, language.

Movie R 2022 103 minutes
Two women look out over a bleak winter landscape.

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This is a quiet, moving, and emotionally intense movie that takes on the difficult subject of suicide. All My Puny Sorrows treats the subjects, and its characters, with compassion and warmth, and sometimes gentle humor, too. The strong acting creates a solid foundation for exploring life, pain, death, sisterhood, art, literature, and so much more. Some of the events are a little confusing to place when you're sometimes not sure if it's a flashback or not. And while most of them are moving and lovely, some of the scenes of Elf and Yoli talking in the hospital go on a bit too long, or seem to repeat ground that's already been covered.

There's only one teen character, so appeal may be limited, but it will inspire empathy for people who struggle with day-to-day living. Mature viewers who won't be triggered by the subject, and who can handle the mature themes, will find a lot of food for thought about whether and when a person can decide to end their life.

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