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The Valley is a sad, magical land.,
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The only character in this movie that is 100% likable is the dog. Which is perfect. That's real life. The others are weak, sad, and bored. Kind of mean. And beautiful- Dree Hemingway's and Stella Maeve's looks are the 'blink blink it's a movie' factors that makes their characters unauthentic. They seem like real people. Addicted, numb, and desperate for human connection.
The photography and music reminded me of The Virgin Suicides and King of California. As I write that I realize Dree Hemingway physically resembles both Evan Rachel Wood and Kirsten Dunst. The take away - she does not have an original face, but she is totally watchable. - This is the dreamy, dry, hazy L.A. - Good score. Uses one of the repugnant songs ever in the best ways ever. Bravo. "Crazy bitch" may fill me with more furor than any other pop song.
Besedka Johnson as Sadie is heart breaking. She is a strong lady. She demands respect. She doesn't reel from foul language. She has her marbles. She is appropriately suspicious, but eventually grateful for Jane's attentions.
An enjoyable film if you like this sort of thing. To utilize film review cliches- slice of life, indie paced, unsentimental, sticks with you. I'm a Northern Californian. I've always had a foreigner's fascination with Los Angeles. I don't spurn and spit at it like my fellow Yay Bareans, but I know it's not for me. This is the sort of film that shows you what it must really be like in L.A./San Fernando Valley. There are real people there too. They live lives. They have cool dogs.