ellis’s review published on Letterboxd:
not quite movie magic neither is it stark realism but somewhere in between. i expected this to be an uplifting tale about following your dreams and never giving up on your art and it kind of is that but i’m so glad this film really takes the time and effort to really inspect the relationship between art and personhood; being able to create moments and beauty in people that they cannot see themselves, processing and creating life in entertainment and the sacrifices that do come with that. as sammy’s family life erupts, he continues creating and putting his process over whatever is going on, is he selfish, is this the way he deals with what’s going on and if he is selfish, is it so bad to be selfish? momentual stuff here.