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I am a good person / I am a bad person2011

  • 3.5
  • passes the bechdel test
Well-intentioned but misguided filmmaker Ruby White leaves her husband and son in Toronto and embarks on a European film festival tour with her eighteen-year-old daughter, Sara, tagging along as her assistant. Ruby over-shares, doesn't listen and is a bundle of insecurities, inevitably pushing Sara (and the world) away. When criticism from an audience member at a UK screening triggers Ruby to question herself, the mother-daughter relationship melts down. Ruby travels to the next screening in Berlin alone, while Sara visits her cousin in Paris. The malaise and loneliness of being on their own forces both women to confront secrets they have withheld from their loved ones, and make a bold decision before they return home.

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1 member likes this review

Enjoyable film, well written and good performances from both ladies.

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Ingrid Veninger plays a less successful version of herself and casts her daughter to play a version of herself. From the meta-film perspective, Veninger's knowledge of the film festival circuit provides some insight. The film itself is perfectly pleasing. There is just enough left unstated and more than few realistic implications to keep things interesting. This is a good film, but there feels like it should have been great. Something has been held back, I just can't pinpoint what that something is.

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Enjoyable film, well written and good performances from both ladies.

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Saw this film at TIFF and thought it offered a look into filmmaking rarely seen! Like the marketing and festival hustle side. Sort of sadly funny and very interesting!

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totally lame_i didn't like Sara or Ruby_found them both uninteresting_i mean really_& i wanted to like this film_sort of a boring stupid soap opera

Stick with it. The characters become fascinating. But you won't like them at first. Nice to see Paris again.

Loved it!