‘All These Small Moments’ Mixes Charm And Subtlety To Form An Impressive Debut [Review]

The Playlist | 1/19/2019 | Jonathan Christian
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Theoretically, everyday life should be the least interesting part of the human experience to explore on film. To be fair, fantastic films exist about normal people doing boring stuff, but who honestly wants to spend two hours watching actors pretend to do things that the audience actually does every day? Washing dishes, tableside arguments, and dog walking are not exactly what comes to mind when you think of escapist cinema. However, “All These Small Moments” manages to explore the mundane details of life in a charming manner that leaves a long-lasting impression.

In short, “All These Small Moments” is about flawed people with relationship problems living in New York City. To be fair, you can sum up any movie by boiling it down to its core components, and technically, you could get into specifics — A teenage boy falling in love with an adult woman he regularly sees on a bus — but, on the whole, the film really is that simple.

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Nevertheless, “All These Small Moments” succeeds in simplicity. As the debut feature from director Melissa B. Miller, the drama shines brightest in its quietest moments, including scenes of a boy touching hands with a stranger and a young girl confessing a dark secret. The film’s plot progression feels as if you’re listening to a close friend tell you a story – an unfocused story, but personal and engaging nonetheless. For a debut outing, “All These Small Moments” is self-assured in its artistic voice and vision, and Miller establishes herself as a talent to take notice of. The writer-director showcases remarkable attention to detail, as well as a thorough understanding of her craft. The feature displays striking artistic confidence behind the camera through its restrained, albeit commanding onscreen presence.

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