Who We are Now

I’ll leave it to you to see all the the names of these ensemble cast members appearing on-screen. It’s a lot! Apart from that you have a brilliant lead performance by Julianna Nicholson. This is a very well acted film overall and that’s why I feel very good recommending it. We change through the years, usually for the better, we hope for the best. This film shows a cross-section of lives and how they either have changed or are changing and what that means to their lives. Since I am going through a huge change right not changing jobs, I can fully appreciate the power of this film.

Who We Are Now (2017) 1h 35min | Drama | 25 May 2018 (USA) An ex-con tries to get back custody of her son with the help of an idealistic young public defender and at the same time falls into a romantic fling with a traumatized former US soldier. Director: Matthew Newton Writer: Matthew Newton Stars: Julianne Nicholson, Zachary Quinto, Jess Weixler

The director has no huge titles under his belt but he has a solid 4 film resume. I imagine, based on this ensemble star cast, this film will be what establishes his name. He is better known as an actor, specifically one thing he did was play “Armand: in “Queen of the Damned,” a highly underrated horror. I am impressed at what a good job he did directing the powerful women in this film. I don’t say powerful lightly here. An idealistic young lawyer, a woman who has lost her son … there are amazing characters that touch your heart and stay with you.

The title is exactly what this film is: the here and now of our identity.

An idealistic lawyer and an ex-com lady who has lost custody of her son become unlikely counselor/client connected. For both, change is painful but they learn to move forward and in the process help each other in unlikely ways.

I’d be remiss to not mention Emma Roberts (plays the lawyer/counselor). She’s been making a big name for herself the past few years and she is the niece of Julia Roberts. This is such an enjoyable film that takes you into these people’s lives. I really enjoy films like that from the “drama” genre. Really good ones come along only once in a while and this id definitely one. I have nothing to criticize here. 10/10.

Published by Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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