Indie cinema programmer, husband, father, lover of peanut butter, coffee and Tintin books.
There's a tough balance to strike with this kind of emotional, sensitive drama. Too much overstatement can really kill any subtlety, which leads to triteness that rings hollow. But Mike Mills plays it just right - touching on parenthood, grief, marriage, sibling relationships and more with lightness and specificity. It really pierced my heart, with moments that resonated with my own experience of living life. It's all centred on - and depends on - Joaquin Phoenix at his best; crumpled and beautifully human.