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Little Accidents

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Slow, somber drama about secrets has drinking, language.

Movie NR 2015 105 minutes
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A thick sense of doom permeates writer-director Sara Colangelo's LITTLE ACCIDENTS. Just about everyone in town is still in mourning from the mining accident when the teen disappears. Clearly, there's not much more that can happen to break them, especially those at the heart of the tragedy. From the deceased miners' families to the executive blamed for the incident to the local teens who know that the world as they knew it has shifted, Colangelo paints a revealing (if somber) picture.

But what's it all about? The film is strangely lacking in momentum. Characters carry themselves grimly throughout, overwhelmed but curiously undeveloped. When they finally decide to unburden themselves of the big secrets they've been keeping, it's tough to see what spurred their revelations. What motivates them? Banks is heartbreaking as a grieving mother and mostly ignored wife, but her subsequent choices puzzle. Others' journeys lack an arc, too, and the film stays glum from start to finish.

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