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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama about faith, family is atmospheric but uneven.

Movie R 2015 112 minutes
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Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa's atmospheric drama is the sort of heavy, stylized film an audience might appreciate for its cinematography and talented cast but still not truly enjoy. The plot isn't just slow-moving but also filled with holes that are never quite resolved. Much more interesting in its flashbacks than in the contemporary story, Aloft is visually arresting but doesn't have nearly as much to say as Llosa must have intended. Characters make decisions that are difficult to believe, and the reason behind Nana's abandonment of Ivan is so tragic and disturbing that it's borderline manipulative.

Murphy plays Ivan as a husband and father who only seems to feel anything for his beloved falcons, and Laurent's Ressmore is curiously mysterious. There's not much that will invest mainstream moviegoers in the story beyond figuring out what caused Nana and Ivan to live such separate lives, and by the time that's revealed, it's wrapped in platitudes about letting go of pain, believing, and what it means to be healed.

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