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Night Has Settled
updated: Jan 31, 2014, 9:00 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com


(Photo Courtesy of Indie PR)

Night Has Settled is a coming of age story. The cast of characters includes a 13-year old boy, his artistic, loving, but free-spirited mom, his self-absorbed angry older teenaged sister, and their beloved elderly Chilean housekeeper. As is expected with coming of age stories, there is angst, alcohol, some coke and petty shoplifting, masturbation and sex. There is trouble between the mom and the sister, but we don't know why. There is an estranged father. There is a creative best friend who is struggling. There is some symbolism. It's all in there. And it's a little implausible.

That said, while sometimes stories of adolescence can be harsh and uncomfortable, Night Has Settled is not unpleasant to watch and it is kind. Best summed up by the final line of the poem from which the film takes its name, "no one was ever hurt by being loved too much". SF

 

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