From Stephen Holden at the New York Times:
“The cosmic and the microscopic are casually — and delicately — juxtaposed in “All the Light in the Sky,” an evocative, slightly melancholic movie directed and photographed by the prolific mumblecore auteur Joe Swanberg. This portrait of a middle-aged actress in Los Angeles who makes a decent living as a Hollywood bit player but worries about the future, is bolstered by the astoundingly natural performance of Jane Adams (“Happiness,” “Hung”)…What plot there is revolves around a visit by Marie’s 25-year-old niece, Faye (Sophia Takal), an aspiring actress. The two women compare the difference between breasts at 45 and 25, and you feel Marie’s resignation to her decline with the passing of time. There is a party where Faye overindulges and Marie and her friend Rusty (Larry Fessenden) have a conversation in which he does spot-on Jack Nicholson imitations…Without preaching, “All the Light in the Sky” poses questions that are worth asking, even if we know the answers. Why do people build houses that they know will eventually be swallowed by the sea? How do we keep up our spirits with the realization that no matter what we do, there is no turning back the clock? Is it possible to deal with the future when it’s all you can do to savor the beauty of the moment?”
Read the full review here. ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY is now playing in New York at Cinema Village.