The straightforward, heart-on-its-sleeve straightforwardness of the cleaned movie A Country Called Home, an opposition title at L.A. Film Fest, is invigorating from the get go, and there are touches of flawlessness and poignancy. In any case, the chief’s approach tamps down the story’s dramatic potential, while the screenplay she composed with Jim Beggarly repeatedly defuses the emotional force of muddled family affairs.
English actress Poots, a figure of smashing tastemaker verve in Jimi: All Is close by, possesses the inverse end of the self-assurance range as Ellie, a wannabe furniture fashioner who hasn’t yet discovered her career balance in Los Angeles. Not at all like her more established, more settled sibling, Ellie feels constrained to come back to their native Texas after getting news of their father’s stroke. While purchasing her ticket, she gets a second call, educating her that he’s passed on. Her aloneness in the purgatory of the airport is very much captured in the stillness and restraint of DP Charlie Wuppermann’s framing.