Review: You Can Count on Me (Kenneth Lonergan, 2000)

For such a relatively modest film, in terms of scope, a revisit nearly 17 years on from its 2000 release finds You Can Count on Me a surprisingly fertile foundation point for many careers to come. For starters, there’s newly-appointed Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan, who made his directing debut with the film. He also co-wrote the film (as he did with follow-ups Margaret and Manchester by the Sea) and, while not his first screenwriting credit (he had Analyze This, an episode of Doug and the same year’s The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle to his name), this is very much a fully-formed introduction to the Lonergan mode of film-making: dramas driven by the lingering wounds of past or recent traumas concerning death, which balance a tragicomic sensibility that many filmmakers struggle to pull off, yet alone do so three times…

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