Olivia Coleman’s performance, mostly in unforgiving closeup, is praiseworthy, but the movie as a whole is only a moderate success.

Her first interaction with the group comes in the glorious figure of Dagmara Dominczyk, an actress who brightens up any movie she’s in. She’s actually Polish-American (born in Poland moved to the US as a young girl) but, like Isabella Rossellini, she is at home with any accent, at ease in any part of the globe. Her character is what would be described in OBGYN as an elderly primigravida -she’s having her first child at forty. She delights in her pregnancy and she gives Gyllenhaal’s movie its only real injection of life

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