If prolific reader Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) watched romantic comedies the way she consumes books, she might see that her dispiriting year as a recluse was ending and that she’d wandered into a merry and bright fairy tale of New York.
The exquisite discomfort of Donald Cried, Kris Avedisian’s bracing first feature, arises from the incompatibility of former best friends. Peter Latang (Jesse Wakeman) left Warwick, Rhode Island, for college. Donald Treebeck (Avedisian) stayed put, in mind as well as body.
Cinematographer Alex Lehmann expresses the wholehearted romanticism of Blue Jay, his directorial debut, primarily through the nonverbal communication between Amanda (Sarah Paulson) and Jim (Mark Duplass), small-town high school sweethearts whose unexpected encounter triggers memories sweet and bitter.