Stockholm, Pennsylvania

A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.


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  • ★★★½ review by Scott Renshaw on Letterboxd

    How many things does a movie need to do wrong to screw up a killer concept, a terrific performance and an uncomfortably insightful resolution? Nikole Beckwith dodges a bullet in her story of Leia (Saoirse Ronan), a young woman returning to her birth parents (Cynthia Nixon and David Warhofsky) as a 22-year-old, more than 17 years after she was abducted and raised in isolation by a lone man (Jason Isaacs). The title is a tip-off to the idea that Leia is more than slightly conflicted about returning to parents she doesn't remember, and Ronan does a terrific job of taking what could have been mere blankness and converting it to a sense of being completely unmoored from the only things she previously understood about the world. The third-act, unfortunately, takes a detour into an angle that doesn't do Nixon's performance any favors, and the theatrical conceit of how Beckwith stages Leia's flashbacks doesn't seem to make sense relative to what we know about her life. And then it's salvaged again by a killer conclusion that frames the whole story as about a particular brand of dysfunctional parenting: always circling around to try to correct some past mistake.

  • ★★★½ review by Will Lambert on Letterboxd

    What a movie to watch for your very first Sundance Film Festival!!! I love movies like this. The tone and everything. Movies where characters develop in a really good/intresting way. I would explain, but that would call for spoilers. If this movie doesn't end up in my top 20 of the year, 2015 will be an amazing year for film. The 2 main performances were outstanding.

  • ★★★★ review by Tyler Moore on Letterboxd

    I got to see this at Sundance!

    With spectacular performances from both Saorise Ronan & Cynthia Nixon, as well as a compelling story with a great twist, Stockholm, Pennsylvania is a fantastic film that will hopefully get some Oscar consideration once it gets a distributor.

  • ★★★★ review by chrisrey_14 on Letterboxd

    Leia es una chica que a los cuatro años fue secuestrada y de alguna manera arrancada de la sociedad, luego de varios años regresa con sus padres biológicos sin embargo lo que debería ser alegría y felicidad resulta en una incomodidad para la chica, quien ve en sus padres a unos desconocidos y en su secuestrador, aunque ella no lo ve de esa manera, una figura de protección. Un drama que ahonda en las secuelas y la dificultad para las victimas de rehacer lazos sociales pese a los esfuerzos de amigos y familiares. La película tomo para mi un giro inesperado y un final brillante que nos lleva a los espectadores a imaginar lo que puede suceder.

  • ★★★½ review by Kate Veismane on Letterboxd

    The plot was not original (abducted girl-teenager gets rescued and is put back with her real mother and father. So they all try to manage), the script was good, directing okay and I would say very well written, realistic characters with their flaws, their execution (especially by Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon) was great. Saw that other people are not liking this but I thought it was quite nice piece. Nothing physically really happened but I could see how mentally almost everything did.

    Dark and realistically messed up I would say. Enjoyed it.

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