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ShowtimesApril 2:3:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pmApril 3:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Charlotte Rampling has one of her best roles in Juniper. The film suffers from a certain predictability, but it is well-made and affecting, and positively thrilling when Rampling is on screen. She plays Ruth, an obstinate, hard-drinking woman who lands in New Zealand from England after her son (Marton Csokas) decides to bring her there to recuperate from a broken leg. But he has a secondary motive; he has a sneaking suspicion that she might be helpful to his unruly teenage son, Sam (George Ferrier), who has been thrown out of boarding school and who is still grieving over the death of his mother several months earlier. Sam rebels at the idea of giving up his room to the grandmother he has never known, and he has no appetite for a role as even part-time caretaker. Yet Sam and Ruth find they are well matched by a certain dark view of life, and the rapport that they come to share surprises both of them.—The Hollywood Reporter
“Rampling, as always, is terrific.”—Daily Mail (UK)
“Juniper is warm and by the end it is transcendentally satisfying, but, be warned, it’s also very sentimental and may very likely leave you sobbing against your will.”—Dog and Wolf