Ordinary People

Ordinary People ★★★★★

i spent the majority of this film thinking about the climactic sequence that was coming in the last 20 minutes, and it was so fulfilling to watch the dramatic beats line up and lead into that scene. out of context it might seem overblown, in the same way the apartment scene in marriage story or the climax of east of eden probably do. but as you watch conrad stop bottling his emotions up while beth and calvin struggle to communicate with each other or their son in any effective way, the tension feels natural in its escalation and the climax completely works. this film exposes the cracks in the facade of 80s upper-class suburban america, of course, but also in the facades that protect us from revealing our inner lives to those closest to us, and i think it's beautiful.

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