Don't Come Back from the Moon (2019)




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DON'T COME BACK FROM THE MOON is a story of abandonment, when all the men in a remote California desert town walk away from their families, one by one. They leave their angry, frustrated sons and daughters behind -- kids who act out, engage in acts of petty burglary and vandalism, and look for love and family connection in the aftermath of their abandonment, all the while trying to understand why their fathers have "gone to the moon," leaving them to traverse the difficult path to adulthood alone.

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James Franco
as Roman Smalley
Rashida Jones
as Eva Smalley
Jeffrey Wahlberg
as Mickey Smalley
Zackary Arthur
as Kolya Smalley
Scott Crane
as Budd Stecko
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

An artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling

January 18, 2019 | Full Review…
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The movie's emotional potency is undeniable, its slow crescendo of wounded feelings and shimmering photography leaving unexpected imprints on the eyes and heart.

January 17, 2019 | Full Review…

If "Don't Come Back From the Moon" isn't entirely successful, it means well as an engaged, considerate tour of a recognizably broken landscape

January 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Poignant and visually striking.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

[C]o-writer/director Bruce Thierry Cheung creates the atmosphere of a fable for this story.

January 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's useful to remind yourself from time to time that cinema is made to deliver, among other things, sensory delights.

January 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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