starring Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, Felicity Jones and Mackenzie Davis.
When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.
~~ The movie is very well acted, if the plot was very predictable. Guy and Amy are the mother and father, Mackenzie the teen daughter and Felicity the English exchange student. He's a music teacher longing to make a career as a musician and she's a homemaker who collects cookie jars. Felicity is a piano prodigy who had hoped to be in NYC, but lands with this family in the nearby suburbs. You could pretty much tell where the story was going - the father becomes enchanted with the visiting student - the daughter is jealous when an erstwhile lover takes up with the visitor - the parents give their daughter a car for her birthday - I think all of you can guess where this goes.
We had one of the producers to visit - she said they worked primarily in improve, which was hard for Guy because he needed to produce an American accent, so having to make up dialogue was a real challenge. The hand-held camera work got in the way sometimes, but the look of the film is fine. She never did explain why the exchange student had to share the daughter's room when the film showed us a giant house with 3 floors!!
My other problem this evening is that this theater has begun a major renovation, installing reclining seats! Sounded like a good idea until I had to sit in one for an hour and a half - I was sweating into the plastic covering and my legs were dangling on the footrest, which made them ache like crazy!! Damn, this was my favorite theater with excellent stadium seats in fabric covering - I never had any problem with my neck, back or legs and now it's terrible! I am going to have to bring some fabric to sit on and try a pillow for my legs to see if I can ease the strain. I'm furious!