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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature yet riveting drama about college, family, religion.

Movie R 2016 110 minutes
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Based on Philip Roth's 2008 novel, this fine period drama feels both simple and intimate while at the same time effectively covering complex moral, spiritual, intellectual, and romantic themes. James Schamus makes his directorial debut with this film, but since he was formerly the head of Focus Features and a frequent screenwriter for Ang Lee's films (The Ice Storm, Brokeback Mountain, etc.), he knows a thing or two about high-class cinema.

Schamus takes his time with Indignation, allowing the intelligent talk and deep thoughts to settle in and around the intricate, delicate production design and camerawork. The performances are superb, with Letts easily stealing his scenes, and all the actors convey the confusion and anguish of their situation -- as well as hope and love -- without betraying the movie's more intellectual concepts. In other words, it's surprisingly engaging in the moment and will also leave viewers wanting to discuss what they've seen.

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