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Five Nights in Maine

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quiet drama has strong acting but needs more story.

Movie NR 2016 82 minutes
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This drama is a showcase for two fine actors, but other than watching them mourn, there's little to see in this film. The two characters are very different: Sherwin's grief is on display for all to see, while Lucinda keeps her feelings bottled up inside. But it's clear they're both struggling to keep it together, a journey that's both painful and moving to witness.

But that's all there is to Five Nights in Maine: Two sad people being sad together. Sometimes they bond over their shared connection to someone who's not there, and sometimes they snipe at each other because of the long-frayed mother-daughter bond. While the film captures the journey of grief, it doesn't dig deep enough and doesn't move beyond the grief, and that means there's not much else for viewers to see.

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