A movie about a small-town teen (Amber Tamblyn) accused of smothering her
newborn baby, and the forensic
psychologist (Tilda Swinton), pregnant herself, hired to determine the truth behind the family’s
curtain of denial, writer-director Hilary Brougher’s Stephanie Daley artfully avoids the more traditional and mawkish customs of its movie-of-the-week origins.
The acting is of special note — Swinton is solid, and Tamblyn, an
actress of uncommon stillness for someone her age, projects an
unripened vulnerability — but the cross-cutting structure works against
the pull of the material, and as the film wears on its mutedness and elliptical nature swell from mere stylistic choices to narrative placeholders. For the full capsule review, from CityBeat, click here and scroll down.