couldn't figure out why this middlebrow Oscar-bait was so good and gorgeous until i realized that Garth Davis was the dude who directed 4 episodes of TOP OF THE LAKE, and then it all clicked into place. this is straight down the center, but it's textured, understated (at least until the Sia song goes full-Weinstein in the end credits), and beautifully furnished (the Dustin O'Halloran / Hauschka score is a thing of wonder). i was moved. i suspect people who were adopted will be DESTROYED.
if this is what oscar bait looks like in 2016, it's shaping up to be a relatively painless awards season.