You won't see our review until tonight when the film premieres, but "Bluebird," the debut feature from first-time filmmaker Lance Edmands is a strikingly good drama and an auspicious beginning for writer/director Lance Edmands. Starring Amy Morton (George Clooney's older sister in "Up In The Air"), "Mad Men" actor John Slattery, Louisa Krause (the bitchy, scene-stealing hotel clerk in "Young Adult"), Emily Meade ("Fringe," "My Soul to Take,") plus co-starring Adam Driver ("Girls") and Margo Martindale, "Bluebird" is a wintry, stark and yet deeply penetrating and mature examination of interconnected lives between two sets of mothers and families.
Here's the official synopsis:
On a freezing January evening, school bus driver Lesley (Amy Morton) completes her route, but her final inspection abruptly ends when a bluebird comes into view. What happens next shakes her small Maine logging town, proving that even the slightest actions have enormous consequences. Co-starring Adam Driver, Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Louisa Krause and Emily Meade, Lance Edmands’s absorbing feature debut is a perfect encapsulation of the interconnectedness of life.
Featuring moving performances across the board (this is a mostly unknown, but stellar cast who get a chance to demonstrate their chops), smart, even-handed writing and subtle and mature direction, you would never guess that Edmands -- the editor of Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture" -- had never made a film before. It's wise beyond its years and the film to watch at Tribeca so far (you can check out our 20 Most Anticipated Films From the Tribeca Film Festival here). The film screens tonight, this weekend and next week (see details here). The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 17-28. Check out the photos below.