What a touching yet unsentimental film. Brie Larson (The United States of Tara) gives a terrific performance as Grace, a young woman who works in a short-term housing facility for children. She lives and works with her boyfriend, Mason (John Gallagher, Jr., (American Idiot, The Newsroom) who does wonders to make Mason sweet and a genuinely nice guy but not a pushover), who is patient beyond belief.
While there is plenty of darkness in the film, I think what I liked most is that it is essentially a hopeful story. Mostly a character study, we see Grace wrestle with long-suppressed feelings and memories, and try to figure out a way to get through life. One of the ways she does it is by helping others, and I’m keen on that message.