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Mary Elizabeth Winstead tries to give up the booze in this raw drama


“Typically, girls in scripts are perfect or nasty,” says Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the 10-minute Making Of. “This had a regular human being.”

She’s talking about Kate, a primary school teacher who’s a barely functioning alcoholic, her marriage to Charlie (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul) crumbling abruptly when she seeks sobriety.

Director James Ponsoldt and screenwriter Susan Burke spent two years on the script then allowed actors to improvise; the result is a loose, lived-in indie with a repertory flavour, though slashes of shorthand (Kate’s too-easy recovery, an expository visit to her sozzled mom) undermine raw, courageous truths.

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