The Girl in the Park
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All-star cast featuring Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Keri Russell, and Alessandro Nivola. Still traumatized by the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter 15 years ago, Julia Sandburg's old psychic wounds painfully resurface when she meets Louise; a troubled young woman with a checkered past.
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Julia Sandburg and her husband Doug are the parents of two children, Chris and his younger sister Maggie. Julia is a nightclub singer whose career seems about to take off when tragedy strikes. Three year old Maggie vanishes on an outing to the park. She disappears from the playground in just seconds, when Julia's back is turned. Julia searches the almost-deserted park, screaming Maggie's name, but there is only silence.
The story then skips 16 years into the future. The Sandburg family has changed dramatically. Julia, now divorced from Doug, is lonely and isolated when she meets Louise, a hard-living girl who is the age Maggie would now be. Julia and Louise develop a relationship similar to mother and daughter. Then Julia begins to believe that Louise might be her long-lost child. I won't add any spoilers, but be prepared for many unanswered questions. I gave the movie a 3-star rating because it was engrossing, if unsatisfactory at the end.
The story follows a perfect-style life musician-mom with the stereotypical good family in middle class NYC. After the tragic disappearance of her young daughter at a park they are visiting, we get subjected to an emotional 95 minutes of a mother's suffering and her wallowing in the inability to get past the self blame. Some standard supporting showings appear from Kate Bosworth and Keri Russell, and even some quick bites from Elias Koteas as a post-loss intimacy interest (have seen him in six films this last year).
The film quality is good, as is the 5.1 sound and it runs at a long and sometimes awkward 110 minutes. There are many moments where you feel yourself yelling at Sigourney's character as she performs the painful rituals of child-stalking, mistrusting bad people and shunning the ones who love her. But she showed her usual excellent prose and believability in long-term suffering (as the film spans 16 years). The pace is slow at times and some of the conversations can feel irrelevant, but the slight detraction of wanderings are outweighed by a meaningful film about a mother's loss.
No supplements, so four for the film and quality. English and Spanish subs, English language only, Region 1.