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My Zoe

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense drama has difficult adult themes, some language.

Movie R 2021 100 minutes
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Julie Delpy's seventh feature is a shift from her more romcom focused hits 2 Days in Paris and 2 Days in New York, taking a much darker dramatic tone that is both determined and a touch unrelenting. My Zoe centers on a mother's grief -- Delpy not only writes and directs, but also stars as Isabelle -- with the film providing a showcase for Delpy's sensitive and realistic portrayal of the extreme and not entirely rational lengths a parent will go to in order to save their child. Armitage is powerful as the grieving father, whose pain and anger about their divorce is permanently bubbling beneath the surface.

Scenes in the hospital seem never-ending at times, but Delpy doesn't shy away from the subject matter to put entertainment first. A shift in tone toward the end ventures into sci-fi territory in terms of plot, yet the style remains the same -- almost brutal in its visual realism, complete lack of score, and refusal to ease up on the issues. An intense drama, convincingly acted and directed with a confident restraint, My Zoe is an intriguing film that marks Delpy as a bold and accomplished filmmaker.

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