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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.
 

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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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