8:00 PM, 14th May, 2013
This three-hander film is charming, engaging, well-told and acted superbly. It is a story of that begins simply and quickly becomes complicated. Emily Blunt (in another winning role) is Iris, the former girlfriend of Tom whose death is being commemorated at a party when the film opens. Tom’s slightly eccentric brother Jack (Duplass), Iris’s best friend is also at the party but misbehaving. Iris suggests that Jack take a break at her family holiday home on an island off Washington State. However, she is unaware that her half-sister Hannah (DeWitt) is also staying there and recently split from her long-time partner.
Jack surprises Hannah when he arrives at the holiday home but they move on from there and get slowly drunk with the help of a bottle of tequila. Iris, who is more than fond of Jack, arrives the next day, completing the triangle and beginning the film in earnest…
The performances are mostly-improvised and this gives the film a certain edge and believability. I found the characters convincing but Rosemary DeWitt’s performance is certainly a standout and the great soundtrack is an excellent complement to an absorbing film.