A long-suffering woman (Dina Korzun) has an affair with her neglectful husband's (Rip Torn) son (Darren Burrows).
" Director Ira Sachs moves to the rhythms of his native Memphis, teasing emotional resonance out of geography. "
" Subtle and morose to a fault, in the end it's just Junebug, another Sundance downer, without the heart. "
" ... both emotionally captivating and elusive ... "
" The payoff comes at the end with a glimpse smack into the souls of characters more complex than those usually seen onscreen. "
" [Sachs] fails to make us care enough about the characters to share their pain. "
" A jolt of backwoods moonshine whiskey injected into the veins of the atrophied American relationship drama. "
" Forty Shades of Blue hits you like a shot of moonshine whiskey. Right in the gut, with a buzz that just keeps going. "
" [Torn's] acting so well he not only creates this character, but makes him into an object lesson. "
" It contains some very good performances and some finely observed writing. "
" Forty Shades of Blue is a daring film, full of muffled yet suggestive moments. "
" A nuanced meditation on the context of happiness and the problem with great expectations. "
" Ira Sachs's beautiful, melancholy film, winner of the top prize at Sundance this year, features a passionate performance by Rip Torn as a legendary record producer. "
" Forty Shades of Blue may be praised for bringing an often ignored character into the spotlight. But once she's there, we can guess why she's so often kept in the wings. "
" A rare serving of adept regional indie cinema. "
" It's worth sticking with 40 Shades of Blue to catch two of the year's most richly detailed pieces of acting. "
" Ira Sachs' story of hereditary malaise, passed from father to son, will disappoint anyone looking for a propulsive narrative or slam-bang excitement. But it will amply reward patient viewers who prefer a slow burn. "
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