“Sky” could be an amazing film. However, it gets stuck somewhere between modern French cinema melodrama and being the Diane Kruger show. While Kruger is a great actress, she meanders so much in a role that has been done to death. What kills me is that the brutality of her attack on her husband gets brushed off too easy. I’m not expecting Scenes from a Marriage, but I want something tonally appropriate.
Norman Reedus leads a strong cast of supporting actors, but even he doesn’t get a ton of time to make Kruger’s second act work. Kruger’s character longs to be free, but she never forms any lasting relationships. So, it feels less of a character choice and more of watching a woman bounce back and forth without direction. That works for some people, but it irritates my efforts to branch out of casual viewing zones. Stream it.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 8/16/16
Video - 82%
Audio - 80%
Supplemental Material - %
Film Score - 85%
The Plot Thus Far
In this captivating road movie, a French woman finds liberation in the dusty highways, wide open spaces, and smoky barrooms of the great American West. Diane Kruger stars as Romy, a Parisian who, while on vacation in California, breaks things off once and for all with her boorish husband (Gilles Lellouche) in a dramatic final fight. Now a free woman in a strange land, Romy embarks on a life-changing trip through the desert, crossing paths with strangers who impact her life in various ways: a kindly small town police officer (Joshua Jackson), a pregnant, trailer park-dwelling mother (Lena Dunham), and a charming, ruggedly independent cowboy (Norman Reedus) with whom she finds the possibility of new love. Beautifully capturing the landscapes and soul of the Southwest, SKY is a stirring emotional odyssey about what it means to start your life over again.