Excerpt: James White is likely a difficult person to be with and live with because of how he deals with his sensitivity, but those who focus on these difficulties will miss the larger beauty of James and the film itself—the opportunity to understand how to behave when someone is grieving and how to undertake the sad privilege of caring for a dying loved one.
Excerpt: Director Josh Mond’s first feature film is a close-up view of stressed out, directionless arrested development; it leaves the audience aching for one of those character transformations all too common on screen yet few and far between in real life.
Excerpt: The debut feature from Josh Mond, producer of Simon Killer and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is a tough coming-of-age tale featuring a couple of top-notch showboating performances. However, the desperate circumstances alone do not make for an engaging drama, and the desperately unlikable central character always keeps the audience at arm’s length.
Excerpt: Mond has captured a devastating portrait of unceasing pain with James White, one you’d assume had a personal connection even without knowing his own mother died of the disease. Discovering Abbott is a close friend, that Nixon (a high-profile cancer-survivor) called him after reading the script because her mother also succumbed to the illness, and how much of his writing process was set to Kid Cudi‘s music (Mescudi also scores the film) makes the whole endeavor kismet.