Film Review: Nobody Walks

Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks is a well-crafted drama. Although the characters are believable and roles are impeccably acted, the film carries no lasting impact.

Martine, a young artist from New York, goes to stay with a family in Los Angeles so that father Peter can help with her project. As Martine and Peter work on the sound for her film installation, Martine gets to know the whole family. Her arrival shakes up normal family life…

The premise of Nobody Walks is simple; the exotic guest interrupts a family’s existence. The lack of a narrative based on a strong chain of events is not a problem. After all, there are many films that successfully focus on nuances of relationships. Nobody Walks does not seem to have much to say, however. The characters are developed sufficiently, but they are not fascinating.

Nobody Walks is by no means boring. The eighty-three minute running time allows the narrative to unfold at a suitable pace; neither hurried nor glacial. However, the film does not engage wholly as a drama of this nature should. Perhaps Nobody Walks was aiming for subtlety in what it was trying to convey. Or maybe what the film what is attempting to say is not that significant.

The Silver Lake setting works well to underscore the bourgeois preoccupations. Nobody Walks well to give the audience a good indication of the family lifestyle before Martine’s arrival. The interspersing of the art film footage is interesting at first. It feels a bit overused at the end of the film nevertheless.

John Krasinski offers a great performance as Peter. India Ennenga is believable as Kolt, providing good support as the teenage daughter. Rosemarie DeWitt is also strong as Julie, while Olivia Thirlby looks the part as Martine. Thirlby is convincing as the artist who unwittingly causes disruption.

Nobody Walks will not offend, but few will find it memorable.

Nobody Walks is being screened at Sundance London, which runs from 26-19th April 2012.

Sundance London Picks

This is actually a ‘films I am going to see at Sundance London’ piece rather than ‘Preview of forthcoming attractions’. The very first Sundance London festival takes place at the 02 from the 26th-29th April 2012. The festival features film screenings and musical performances, as well as talks and guest appearances. More details can be found here. Due to scheduling conflicts, I am not covering as much of the weekend as I had hoped. These are the films I am looking forward to seeing however…

Nobody Walks

Starring John Kasinski and Olivia Thirlby, Nobody Walks is a drama about a young artist who goes to stay in the home of a liberal LA family. The film, directed by Ry Russo-Young, won a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Liberal Arts

I have been hearing very good things about this film on the grapevine that is Twitter. Liberal Arts is about a newly single graduate who returns to his alma mater for the retirement dinner of his favourite professor. The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Radnor.

Placebo: Coming Up For Air

Placebo are playing Sundance London at the Indig02 on Saturday 28th April. Earlier in the afternoon there will be a special screening of Placebo: Coming Up For Air, a documentary about the band. Charlie Targett-Adams tracks the band on their eighth world tour after the release of their 2009 album.