In Winter Solstice, writer- director Josh Sternfeld takes the prefab indie-flick building blocks — uncommunicative families, impacted grief, and suburban stagnation — and constructs something quite marvelous: a realistic drama that looks and feels as inevitably true and moving as a good documentary. Understatement is Sternfeld’s strength: Assembling muted vignettes about a bewildered New Jersey widower (Anthony LaPaglia), his two dammed-up teenage sons (Tadpole’s Aaron Stanford and Storytelling’s Mark Webber, both outstanding), and a neighbor (Allison Janney) who offers sunshine, the filmmaker is at his finest when he employs silence and inaction. What doesn’t happen is more moving than what does.</p
Genre: Drama; Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Aaron Stanford, Brendan Sexton III, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Mark Webber; Director: Josh Sternfeld; Author: Josh Sternfeld; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Classics
Posted April 6 2005 — 12:00 AM EDT
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