"The End of Love"
*** ½ (three and a half stars)
Writer-director-actor Mark Webber's family tour de force is hard to get a handle on at first, but it's worth tuning in on its odd wavelength. Webber plays a character named Mark, who's an actor raising a 2 ½ year-old son, Isaac (played by Webber's own son, Isaac Love), struggling to make some money, and dealing with the pain of his wife's premature death. "Mark" tries a furtive romance with a play-center operator (Shannyn Sossamon), and finds himself partying with his more-successful acting friends (in a scene that includes Michael Cera, Michael Angarano, Aubrey Plaza and others playing variations of themselves). With natural performances (what other kind can you get from a toddler?) and intimate camerawork, Webber creates a tender character study of a dad desperately trying to do right by his kid.
-- Sean P. Means
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