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Which Relationship?

By Amir Faress • 12/25/19

The long exchange at the beginning of the film between Carolina and her father, Humpty, introduces the two as the primary characters, with the audience naturally investing in the nuances of their relationship. But it soon becomes clear that the actual story is about a relationship between two other characters, Ginny and Mickey. Having no bearing on the actual story, the first relationship is soon forgotten and completely pushed to the background. The audience is not privy to any further developments on that front. It makes little sense for the film to start with a bombshell emotional exchange, getting the audience to heavily invest in a relationship that is only tangentially related to the actual plot.

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