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42 Ratings

Uncertain Terms

Directed by Nathan Silver
United States, 2014
Drama, Comedy


Fleeing the city, Robbie takes refuge at his aunt’s country house, which happens to be a makeshift home for pregnant teenagers.

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Uncertain Terms Directed by Nathan Silver
Even though Silver’s films tend to be conversational, in Uncertain Terms, he lets the silences build up… Other times, crucial information, such as Jean’s growing jealousy over Robbie and her animosity toward Nina, are communicated through locked glances, and in half whispers. Only during the escalating fights between Nina and Chase, or after the sudden appearance of Robbie’s wife, do the exchanges quickly reach emotional crescendos, and thus prove quite wrenching.
June 02, 2015
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Uncertain Terms is a symphony of small behavioral ripples—its astuteness impressing itself upon one cumulatively and powerfully, until it’s apparent that Silver has fashioned a bracing acknowledgement of growth’s destabilizing pain, which is reliably inescapable regardless of age or gender.
May 31, 2015
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It’s remarkable how much of a communal atmosphere Silver is able to generate from what amounts to a handful of quick cutaways to the non-speaking characters. A more show-offy director with a much larger budget might approach this scene with a 360-degree shot that circles around the table to see each character in tandem. Instead Silver opts for fragments of looks, creating a less continuous and more disharmonious effect, each character keeping to their own thoughts.
May 29, 2015
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