Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Excellent, character-driven crime drama; violence, language.

R 2021 140 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

A slow burn character driven film

This film is different than how it is advertised. It is advertised as a high tension thriller, and it is a slow film that allows the audience to invest in these characters. It feels indulgent and lovely to spend time with these characters on their journey. Damon drives it and Cottin and Siauvaud hold it down on their end. The film takes some interesting turns that I am not sure serve the film well, but it does make the film a bit more interesting, thoughtful, and complex.
age 11+

Go See This Film -- Beautifully filmed. Sharply written script & Extraordinary Acting by Damon & Supporting Cast.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED : "STILLWATER" (Matt Damon, Camille Cottin) Go See This Film -- Beautifully filmed. Sharply written script & Extraordinary Acting by Damon & Supporting Cast. This is arguably one of Matt Damon's best works to date. The plot of the film keys off the foundational metaphor story for Amanda Knox's past trial & tribulations in Italy --- but it is much more. Its a window into the soul of a man, his relationship with his daughter and the architecture of his world (in which he is a journeyman contractor) and that of other words he crosses into. Damon plays an off-again/on-again contract oil-rig worker who is on a rescue mission for his daughter who he believes is wronfully serving a 9 year term (half-way through it) in a French prison for someone else's murder crime. Damon goes on a journey of self-discovery as he overcomes cultural and legal barriers as well as the limits of his own language and cultural background. We watch as he gradually rearchitects/rebuilds his own world. His dawning realizations as a contractor and revising of his prior tightly held views & life 'truths' throughout the film are artfully done. Damon is a master of his acting craft consistently throughout the film. Camille Cottin and her daughter portray the two women from Marseilles France who actuate transformation in Damon's Hero's Journey. The dialog is real. The transitions and cultural viewpoints exquisitely put together. Go see this film. Support it. Tell others to see it. Stillwater is a diamond in the rough in so much of the nonsense that comes out of Hollywood these days.

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