Blackbird (2019)

Blackbird (2019)

Blackbird (2019)

A family reunites for one last time before their terminally ill mum passes away in this bittersweet drama featuring Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Sam Neill. From Notting Hill director Roger Michell.

Lily, a spirited woman in her late 60s, is preparing for a weekend with her husband, Paul, and their visiting children.Despite her impaired mobility, Lily insists on fending for herself. The couple are hoping for a lovely day, but the mood is clearly strained when their guests begin to arrive at their country home. First is daughter Jennifer, who comes with her husband, Michael, and their 15-year-old son, Jonathan. Lily and Paul’s friend Elisabeth arrives, as does younger daughter Anna and her on-and-off partner Chris. Rebellious Anna has been elusive and out of contact with the family, a fact that clearly angers her elder sister. As the weekend continues, old wounds come to the surface, driving some family members apart and others together. With both daughters increasingly conflicted about their mother’s plan, Lily’s hopes of a peaceful farewell appear to be under threat.

2019Rating: M, Mature themes, drug use and coarse language97 minsUSA
Drama

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Neill succeeds with a grace and good humour that do a great deal to calm the histrionics and bring things to a finish lit with a persuasive mingling of sadness and hope.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

While not all the notes in this film may work in harmony, it's the love in the story - between the characters and in the actors' performances - that holds the movie together.

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Variety

Variety

It works admirably well - at least to a point, at which some viewers may feel Torpe piles on one crisis too many. Nonetheless, this is a quality enterprise with numerous rewards for adult audiences...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

For all the narrowness of its brief, it may be the most beautifully complete film you will see all year.

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The Times

The Times

The subject matter alone makes it unlikely to bother the latest Marvel movie, but in recent years the TIFF has primarily become an awards season bellwether, and Sarandon shines above the somewhat creaky material.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Michell, screenwriter Christian Torpe...and a talented cast strike a delicate balance in a domestic drama that ably combines heartbreak and humour.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Winslet is miscast, Sarandon is coasting, Neill is sleepwalking and Wasikowska, an extremely talented yet recently underused actor, is stuck playing the sort of role she should have grown out of by now.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

There almost isn't a single shot in it where every member of the cast isn't Acting.

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