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A Little Closer2011

  • 3.3
Matthew Petock's somber drama interweaves the lives of a mother and her two sons as they struggle with various incarnations of love and sexual awakening. The film's grounded and realistic storyline evokes Martin Scorsese's ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (Matthew worked as a production assistant for the film legend). With a powerfully subdued performance by lead Sayra Player as Sheryl, a struggling single-mother coping with romantic longing, the film casts a moving spell that will leave you mesmerized. Martin Scorsese writes, "Matthew Petock's first feature shows him to be a director of depth, sensitivity and assurance. He captures the quiet emotions and heartbreak of his characters with profound respect for the dignity of the everyday struggles in life and what it means to be a family. A LITTLE CLOSER is a hauntingly beautiful film and a remarkable debut."

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"...a hauntingly beautiful film and a remarkable debut." - Martin Scorsese


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Two boys and their mother, one 11 the other 14. All explore sexual longing, sweetly in contemporary small town America. A tender, charming film well worth checking out.

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Two boys and their mother, one 11 the other 14. All explore sexual longing, sweetly in contemporary small town America. A tender, charming film well worth checking out.

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A scratch at the surface

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sometimes sweet & wonderful sometimes stupid & dumb_really like Stephen, Sheryl, & i think Joanna_ almost bailed when Stephen got hurt_it was just dumb & i can't stand seeing kids get hurt_but the pain in this film is sort of sweet & wonderful_it's awkward & life's like that sometimes

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Slow-moving story of the hardships of a financially-strapped single mom and her two children.

I like the honesty of this film.

Boring..really boring...couldn't finish the last half

Simple, sweet little film.