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I Used to Be Darker2013

  • 3.4
  • passes the bechdel test
When Taryn, a Northern Irish runaway, finds herself in trouble in Ocean City, Maryland, she seeks refuge in Baltimore with her aunt and uncle. Kim and Bill are having problems of their own: they're trying to dissolve their marriage gracefully for the sake of their daughter, Abby, just home from her first year of college. A story of family revelations, people finding each other, letting go, looking for love where they've found it before and figuring out where they might find it next.

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Member Reviews (8)


I wish every scene was like the party scene.

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top reviewer

First rate acting from an unknown cast.

On the other hand the plot fails to generate much interest.

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top reviewer

"I Used to be Darker" is a sad film filled with great emotion, hurt and anger. Taryn shows up on the doorstep of a family in crisis, holding a crisis of her own, and through it all, everyone is just trying to find their way back to the light. I enjoyed the long pauses and all of the music as well as the story and how the actions are strong enough to make you understand the hurt everyone is feeling. A great and powerful film.

No ado about nuthin'. And some really mediocre songs.

An interesting slice of family life, but the storytelling was marred (but not ruined) by uneven acting, poor lighting, and unbalanced plot development. C/C+

Some interest, but no direction

I was just ok a bit slow

The Mid-Atlantic summer hum of crickets and the whoosh of cars passing in the night infused this film with a deep sense of place. The rich soundscape carried the viewer into a humid flux of sexuality, family relations, and the simultaneously circular and finite eschatology of love. A quiet and rewarding watch.