Fifth about The Seventh

Grandma (2015)

Grandma: Paul Weitz’s little film is tight, precise, touching; it’s a very simple story, told with minimum frills, but that still manages to allow a good deal of insight of its main character. It’s also refreshing to see a potentially thorny subject to be treated so matter-of-factly, non-judgementally. Lily Tomlin’s acting is great: she greatly projects her character’s bitterness and intelligence, as well as vulnerability and great deal of care (for some people); Julia Garner is fine, sweet and vulnerable; Judy Greer, Marcia Gay Harden, Sam Elliott are all perfectly good in their limited roles. The film is well-paced by editor Jon Corn; camerawork by cinematographer Tobias Datum, however, is a bit disappointing, as the handheld camera was chosen to suggest intimacy, but all it manages to be is slightly distracting and annoying.

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