Sammie’s review published on Letterboxd:
there are a few small scenes in this film with characters we know nothing about. but we know what we need to know, and we know it in a matter of seconds. in particular i’m thinking of the bakery scene, which i found so quietly moving - nicolas cage meets an unnamed character from his past, we spend maybe a few minutes with her, but everything about how she interacts with him - her body language, the few things she does say - is so pitch perfect. their relationship is so clear, even if we don’t have an exact name for it.
the natural progression of all those little moments and nicolas cage’s grounded, steady performance just shot this one to the top of my list this year. this movie is such a master class of character and subtlety, and i just did not expect it at all. i was a wreck by the end.