Zähl auf mich (2000)

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Zähl auf mich: Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. With Amy Ryan, Michael Countryman, Adam LeFevre, Halley Feiffer. A single mother’s life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town.

“A sister and her brother, both grown, see the world in ways that are significantly different. The divorced sister and her young son live in the small town she grew up in. These are her roots. Nothing exciting happens here, but her routine life offers security and stability. One day her brother comes to visit her. The brother is something of a wanderer, moving around from place to place, unmarried, unsettled, looking for adventure. His visit sets up a clash between him and his sister and their different life styles: one sedentary, the other nomadic. In the absence of other siblings, and with both parents dead, each counts on the other to provide familial support.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eItu0026#39;s the kind of film a lot of viewers can identify with, because most of what happens in the film is very ordinary: babysitting, plumbing hassles, time sheets, an annoying white-collar boss … the stuff of everyday life. The emphasis is on contemporary realism.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBoth Laura Linney (as the sister) and Mark Ruffalo (as the brother) were well cast for their roles. Both do a fine job of acting. The filmu0026#39;s dialogue is realistic and believable. The country/western music is nice, but a little surprising, given that the story takes place in upstate New York.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIf there is a downside to the film it is that it gets off to a slow start. Also, the story comes across at times like a soap opera.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSince the brother and sister have no other adult family, the filmu0026#39;s theme is the same as its title: u0026quot;You Can Count On Meu0026quot;. The story tugs at your heartstrings, especially with that poignant ending.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBecause of its relevant, contemporary premise, its character development, and the high quality in direction, cinematography, editing, casting, acting, and production design, this is a film that most viewers probably will find satisfying.”

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