Directed by S.J. Chiro
At 13 years old and the eldest of three kids, Lane struggles to keep her family together as her iconoclast mother moves without warning through the communes and dusty back woods of Northern California.
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★★★½ review by Aaron Hendrix on Letterboxd
I want you to be Cleopatra, but you insist on being Minnie Mouse.
Full review coming to talkfilmsociety.com soon.
But, Lane 1974 is a surprisingly refreshing coming of age drama (even if it's not strictly a 'coming of age' story). The performances here are genuinely good and the children were clearly well directed as - roundly - they give solid, if not great, performances.
It's a pretty subdued film and it's not necessarily for everyone. But, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. It might surprise you.
★★★★ review by Bobby Analog on Letterboxd
I want to curl up in this movie and pull it over my head like a giant blanket and just cry.
★★★★★ review by Munya Chiro on Letterboxd
9 years in the making. It was a privilege watching and supporting you make a masterpiece from the ground up. Your lifelong vision of sharing stories lived by you, Clane, and many others shines so eloquently. It took a few screenings before I could make it through without getting emotional, not only because of the gripping story telling and Sophia Mitri Schloss’ incredible performance, but also because I was witnessing the culmination of all of your heart, energy, skill/ taste as a filmmaker, unrelenting perseverance, and passion so many of us have had the honor of watching with awe.
I love you, Mom.
★★★★½ review by Noraa on Letterboxd
i don't want to say to much, but if you get the chance to see this soon, you should.
it's stunningly shot and lit, but most of all the acting is incredible. Sophia Mitri Schloss is seriously phenomenal as Lane, and Katherine Moennig as her mother is eerie.
As a child who found themselves in....similar situations growing up with my father, this movie knows what it wants to say and says it strongly.
watch this as soon as you can!
★★★★ review by Dan Clark on Letterboxd
Add this to the list of 2017 films that are being criminally overlooked. This based on a true story centers on Lane and her dangerously aloof mother living on a commune during the 1970's.
It's not a script full of large thematic weight, and much of the narrative works more as a meditation on hat childhood need for connection and parenthood, but within its simplicity is a subtle moving story. You know a movie is working for you when someone simply eating a bowl of cereal is one of the more satisfying moments you have seen in film this year.
Despite the micro-budget, this is a film of pristine beauty. The cinematography especially works in establishing this ever increasing isolated atmosphere as Lane finds herself drifting further and further away from the ideals of her mother.
The 70's aesthetic is peppered in nicely especially with the color palette that highlights the muted mood. Food plays a major aspect and is often a standing for the type of nurturing this family so utterly lacks.
Sophia Mitri Schloss gives a spiritual performance and has this wise beyond her year's presence about her. That works as a strong counterpoint to Katherine Moennig's cold and aloof take on her free-spirited mother.
My biggest gripe does come from Moennig's character of Hallelujah. She is so distant from her family and reality we do not get to fully comprehend the struggle Lane is undergoing. We are simply waiting for the inevitable making the final action satisfying but lacking a massive impact.
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