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A Standing Still

By REBECCA JACOBSON
[ONE NIGHT ONLY, DIRECTOR ATTENDING] Well-meaning but ultimately amateurish and uninvolving, Portlander Scott Ballard’s second feature follows a young woman who leaves her job at a fire lookout in the mountains after learning that her father’s been admitted to the hospital. Allison (an intermittently affecting Sara Robbin) returns home to Portland, where her just-discharged father is cagey about his health, a former lover spurns her, and her weirdly SoCal friends—they’re wearing spangly tops and drinking martinis on a blindingly sunny afternoon—ask whether Allison, who spends five months at a time at the remote lookout, is going to become the Unabomber or start speaking in squirrel. Either of which would have been more interesting than what ultimately happens, which is a lesson in loss filled with strained dialogue, crying jags in her dad’s pickup truck, and lots of lonely pints of beer.
 

Special Note

NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Tuesday, May 6
 
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  • Release Date: Monday, April 28, 2014
  • Critic's Score: C
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Show Times

Tuesday, November 25, 2014Wednesday, November 26, 2014Thursday, November 27, 2014Friday, November 28, 2014Saturday, November 29, 2014Sunday, November 30, 2014Monday, December 1, 2014Tuesday, December 2, 2014Wednesday, December 3, 2014Thursday, December 4, 2014
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