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Think of Me (Bryan Wizemann | USA | 103 min.)
You’re a single mother, sensitive to your child’s concerns, but you’re struggling to stay afloat in working class Las Vegas. You’ve got a menial office job, but the income only covers the necessities. As problems arise—the car won’t start, your daughter’s shoes are falling apart—you’ve got to find a way to hustle up some more cash. Is it wrong to leave your kid at home alone at night to take a second job? Is it wrong to bring a man you met in a strip club home, with the hope that he might help? You’re not a bad parent, but sometimes the choices you have to make could raise red flags for concerned co-workers, cynical teachers, leery police officers. When someone presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide a better life for your daughter (and an easier life for you), can you take that chance?
Rooftop alum Bryan Wizemann’s award-winning realist drama presents a powerful moral dilemma for contemporary America. As the economy leaves millions of Americans without a safety net, and the gap between the wealthy and the working class continues to grow, Think of Me creates an intimate and compelling modern parable based on the toil of a woman named Angela, played exquisitely by Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under; Sleepwalk with Me). In her Independent Spirit Award nominated portrayal, Ambrose inhabits the character with nuance and ferocity. Alternately defiant and pensive, nervous and controlling, every gesture she makes and every line she delivers are filled with a complex pathos that is believable and fascinating. Wizemann’s detailed storytelling—the intricate touches of set design and cinematography—combined with strong supporting performances by Dylan Baker (Happiness), Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist) and newcomer Audrey Scott (as the daughter), all combine to make Think of Me a uniquely honest and heart-wrenching film that America needs to see.
- Mark Elijah Rosenberg