Lance Edmands’ “Bluebird” is a story of loss and anger and denial set in a wintery, worn Maine paper mill town. Entropy slows to paralysis when a child dies on the watch of local school bus driver (Amy Morton) and a strained relationship with her logger husband (John Slattery) frays farther. The palpable sense of eddying fracture in the frosty reaches is heightened by brilliant location shooting by crack cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Tiny Furniture,” “Ballet 422”). With Louisa Krause, Margo Martindale, Emily Meade, Adam Driver. 99m. (Ray Pride)
“Bluebird” opens Friday, February 27 at Facets.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.