The Moment



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Alia Shawkat as Jessie
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Martin Henderson as John / Peter
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847.77 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 4 / 26
1.54 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
P/S 21 / 30

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Reviewed by planktonrules7 / 10

Far from perfect but worth seeing...

I was nice seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Moment", as she's a very talented woman and I have marveled at her skills after seeing her years ago in "The Hudsucker Proxy" (it's one of the most underrated films of the decade and she was wonderful in the film). What surprised me, though, is that she is in her 50s and she sure looked amazingly young-- and I thought she was a decade younger. She's also quite good in this movie, though the script occasionally let her and the audience down-- though at other times, it's quite clever and unusual.

The film is a bit difficult to follow at the beginning. This is because the film jumps about sequentially--and continues to do so from time to time. If you pay attention, this shouldn't be a problem--but you really have to focus on what is occurring and when. Because of this, I don't recommend you watch it if you are tired or just want a casual viewing experience.

Leigh plays Lee (huh?),a successful photographer who is losing her mind. Not surprisingly, she soon ends up in a psychiatric hospital--a very nice private clinic where she receives regular therapy. Through the course of this treatment, her back story is revealed and it involves a guy named John (Martin Henderson). John seems like a decent sort of guy and she soon is in love with him. However, there are VERY serious and unexpected consequences and soon John disappears. Lee has convinced herself that she must have killed him, though her therapist assumes this is a manifestation of her mental illness. Through the course of their time together as well as her new friendship with a man who looks almost EXACTLY like John (ALSO played by Martin Henderson),she comes to realize the truth as well as the truth about her troubled relationship with her daughter.

I generally liked the film. A few minor things, however, could have used a bit of polish. One is a problem most folks won't notice. With my background as a psychotherapist as well as teaching psychology, I realized that either Lee's therapist was not especially well written. In most movies and TV shows, psychologists and psychiatrists are shown asking tons of questions and even uttering the stupid phrase 'how does that make you feel?'--though universities teaching new therapists avoid these clichés mostly because they don't help the therapeutic process. While it wouldn't look good in a movie, a good therapist actually says very little and pushes the patient to do most of the talking. Again, however, most folks won't know that this SHOULD be the case. What most will recognize, however, is that the resolution of the film isn't completely satisfying and you may be left wondering if perhaps the film could have ended in a more satisfying manner. Finally, with Martin Henderson playing nearly identical strangers--that is ridiculous. So if I see these problems, why do I still give the movie a B? Well, the acting is very good and quite convincing. Additionally, the plot is creative and interesting--even with a few hiccups.

The film is out this week from Netflix--and it's well worth seeing.

Reviewed by lemailprodedenis8 / 10

mother & daughter

I enjoyed this movie very much, and i have to say, i thought the comments were a little bit sharp. "The moment" is a great psychological thriller, a bit old fashioned (maybe),but the aesthetic is very modern (great light....) What makes the movie interesting is that it's less about what really happened to one of the characters than what will come out of the relationship between a mother & her daughter. You can watch "The Moment" as a mere thriller but it is basically about trying to be a good mother and a good daughter. About acceptance & forgiveness. The script is great, twisted, it's like a novel written in first person, you never know if you trust the main character. And J.J. Leigh is amazing, as usual.

Reviewed by KM_3912 / 10

You might be "crazy" about this movie

I'll start off with something positive: all of the performances in "The Moment" were quite good. The casting was really spot-on, and all the actors performed admirably. Jennifer Jason Lee does a great job capturing the essence of a woman completely detached from reality. Beyond that, I couldn't find anything I liked about this movie, starting with the extreme shaky-cam throughout (was this movie shot from a canoe?) to the awkward, mumbling lost-soul characters, the too- close close-ups, constant loss of focus, the confusing time-jumps forward and back and around again, and the dialogue that just never rang true for me. If I saw that refrigerator butter dish one more time I was going to scream. I couldn't help but wonder "Who put up money for this?" At the after-party at the Tribeca Film Festival, the crowd was quiet and polite during the Q&A, and the only audience question was from someone curious about the therapist scenes. That's a clue. In the unofficial poll I conducted among people I spoke with at the party, the only folks who liked the movie were either psych patients or psychology students. So I guess the bottom line is, if you're crazy, you'll love this movie.

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