Greg Gayne
Scott Brown
February 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Constellation

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/02/07
performer
Ever Carradine, Rae Dawn Chong
director
Jordan Walker-Pearlman
distributor
Codeblack Entertainment
author
Jordan Walker-Pearlman
genre
Drama

We gave it an C

Deeply odd films are often deeply personal ones, and Constellation, a dazed, inchoate drama about a mixed-race Alabama family, tells a story that’s clearly close to the heart of writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman (The Visit). So close, in fact, it lacks perspective: Neither the camera nor the script can focus. After a Gothic ’60s prologue (forbidden love, gang rape), the movie somnambulates into generic sentimentality. Billy Dee Williams, as the family’s long-absent patriarch, reacts to this tonal retreat by looking sleepy. C

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