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Thank You, I'm Sorry

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Broken sisters reconnect in time of grief; language, death.

Movie NR 2023 90 minutes
Thank You, I'm Sorry movie poster: Two women embrace on the ground

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Thank You, I'm Sorry is certainly heartfelt, but the overwhelming dysfunction of each family member weighs the story down. At times, the filmmakers seem drawn to a comic depiction of all the depressiveness, as grown sisters express their sorrow and frustration by hitting and slapping each other in an absurd frenzy. The presence of a resentful mother-in-law who is both a practicing psychologist and a guilt-mongering scold represents the film's attitude that no one here has mastered the art of living. "Everyone lets you down, and you have to do everything yourself," says the resigned and enraged Sara. When she can articulate the mess she made of her life, she says of her unhappy marriage, "We gave each other a life neither of us wanted."

By the story's end, it feels as if the filmmakers realized that no one can like the main characters, so to make us like them, it seems, they just change their personalities, without providing the eureka moments that might legitimately enlighten and alter them. The story is a tough slog through self-pity as Sara lives in a beautiful house, with food on the table, and apparently enough in the bank to pay the bills. She doesn't seem able to muster any gratitude for her good luck.

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