SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS
Sarah Sparks is pregnant and feeling wholly ambivalent, despite her boyfriend's pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what's being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizing baby shower, Sarah keeps her rental van and hits the road in search of the source of her anxiety: her estranged mother, now living off the grid. SMALL, BEAUTIFULLY MOVING PARTS takes a comic and poignant look at one woman's coming-of-parenthood in the age of technology.
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WDB in Calgary, AB - Customer Review
3.8 Well the story line isn't the one with the most depth on record, it was uniquely engaging and quirk-ily thoughtful. It was pleasant to watch the unexpected unfolding story. Their were some times that I thought things were predictable but it just turned out my assumptions were wrong. This movie isn't at all predictable and while it lacks some depth to the story this is actually it's strength. The reason: had to be simple, light-hearted and non-complex to communicate the whimsically confused but inquiring main actor's experience of entering parenthood. I believe that the addition of the mom acted as a catalyst and window to see how parenthood might be for the main character. It was sweet, contrite, honest and raw but maybe lacked a clear purpose for her character (the retreat and some of what the mom said just felt a little off). Im sure having a baby doesn't present the most transparent experience when women feel joy, sorrowness, let-down of expectations, fleeting confusion and elatedness all at once. And the evolution of these emotions were portrayed throught being resolved in the last scene in the credits. The oddest thing about the film was the motif of detail communicated by shots of electronics and shots of things up close, like kids at the baby shower or the keys in the ignition. This allowed the audience to understand how the main character was amplifying these experiences of transitioning into adulthood. Some of it almost reminded me of how people on the autism spectrum get overwhelmed and for a moment I had the fleeting feeling the main character may have had Asperger (which is rarely identified in females). The massage scene also seemed random and added some confusion to the story but was a nice break, breather and bridge to the other parts of the story. Overall this simple portrayal of someone transitioning into parenthood is poignantly and rawly acted showing all emotions, holding nothing back but in a very delicate way. I would definitely watching again and would recommend it for anybody thinking of marrying or becoming a parent, esp. for both closet and bold geeks already going through this transition.
Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
Sorry. I did not buy this plot. Upsetting her future with her fiance and yet-to-be-born child to search for her mother who doesn't want to be found by any of her family members. And when she does find her, the mother lives in a commune who meditates frequently. And guess what? The mother doesn't know how to meditate.
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