I recently stumbled across this little gem sitting on our shelves. It won the Special Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) at the 2011 Sundance Festival, as well as several other nominations and wins at various other venues. The story is a compelling mix of devastating loss and forgiveness, love and redemption, and if this is making some of you think it is too treacly, don't be put off. It is a very intelligent and provocative movie.
Need something else to convince you to give it a try? 28-year-old Brit Marling, who plays the lead character, wrote the story herself. She set out to start her adult life as an economy major with a job offer at Goldman Sachs, but got bitten by the acting bug. She hung around Hollywod for awhile but got tired of only being offered roles as the cute blonde in horror movies. So she taught herself to write — the idea being if she wanted decent parts she had to write them herself. She got the movie produced, entered it at Sundance and that's that! It's an impressive start.