Joby (Paul Dano), an indie-rock musician, is getting divorced — and that’s when he decides he wants to know his estranged 6-year-old daughter (Shaylena Mandigo). Set in a wintry suburban wasteland, the movie is full of choppy visuals and punishing silences, a vaguely Euro style that says: ”Life’s a bummer.” Dano does a more insolent version of his woe-is-me moroseness, but the drama is so minimalist that it’s hard to glimpse the man behind the woe. (Available on VOD Sept. 19) C+
FOR ELLEN Paul Dano (Carolyn Drake)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Paul Dano, Jena Malone; Director: So Yong Kim; Runtime (in minutes): 93
Posted September 7 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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