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LAFF Review: Nathan Silver's 'Uncertain Terms' An Affecting and Deftly Told Family Affair

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2014 2:12 PM
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Uncertain Terms
Filmmaker Nathan Silver is on his fourth feature film in about as many years, and the latest, “Uncertain Terms,” continues in the style of naturalistic, bittersweet tales. It’s a family affair for Silver, as he often casts his mother, Cindy Silver, and in “Uncertain Terms” he even takes inspiration from her own life story. Silver the matriarch plays Carla, the proprietress of a home for pregnant teenagers, much like the one where she spent sometime as a teenager herself, and Silver the director/co-writer makes an appearance as her layabout son Lenny, whose cousin Robbie (David Dahlbom) shows up at a moment’s notice when his life gets turned upside down. The resulting film is a wry, oddly funny, but poignant work that showcases Silver’s laid-back, but effective cinematic storytelling style, and talent for shaping performances from non-traditional actors.

LAFF Exclusive: Poster Debut for Nathan Silver's Latest 'Uncertain Terms'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 15, 2014 10:12 AM
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Uncertain Terms
The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of the fest) kicked off this week, with the North American premiere of "Snowpiercer" on Wednesday. Plenty of other notable premieres are continuing to roll out this weekend, including Nathan Silver's latest, "Uncertain Terms," and we've got the exclusive poster debut in advance of its premiere later today.

Review: 'Exit Elena' A Funny, Uncomfortable Analysis Of Family & Need

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 12, 2013 4:58 PM
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Dysfunctional families are the crème de la crème subject for artists: the potential for laughs and intense drama is too attractive, and anyone who's had a proper childhood should have plenty of real life experiences to mine from. But all this attention given to the rag-tag blood bunches has taken all eyes away from the oddly operative ones, those far from normal but somehow able to exist and function as a unit: they get along despite their incompatible behavior, which they don't even seem to recognize. These circles warrant their own examination, and Nathan Silver does just that with his sophomore feature "Exit Elena," an often hilarious and uncomfortable study of the family surrounding one desperately lonely live-in nurse.

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