A story both modest and familiar, but of such gentle humanity that it feels anything but, Andrew Ahn's warm and inviting character drama is the cinematic embodiment of kindness. Cody and his mother Kathy (Hong Chau) are unexpectedly spending their summer away from home, cleaning out the house of his recently-deceased and reclusive aunt. Cody, a sensitive and sweet soul who doesn't always fit in, is unfazed by this turn of events, while his mother struggles to make sense of what's been left behind. Lonely in this strange new place, Cody strikes up an unexpected friendship with the widowed, bingo-playing veteran next door (a superb Brian Dennehy), and the film's many low-key charms unfold from there. A marvel of subtlety, detail, and characterization, this heartfelt tale was a true gem of the 2019 TCFF.
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"What a delightful discovery this movie is, and what an incredible collection of impeccable performances. Ahn’s film finds the drama in the intentionally quiet life of introverts and lulls his audience into peaceful, wise, contented security." - The Wrap
"That uncommon and all-too-welcome gift — like some kind of fragile wildflower, emerging tentatively through cracks in the concrete: a film about kindness." - Variety