There’s plenty of talent on offer in this first feature for writer-director Deb Shoval and her mostly female crew. U.K.-born Lola Kirke excels as a small-town Pennsylvanian who joins the army just as she gets distracted by a married woman with kids and a bad reputation. It was expanded from a short, and some subplots stay sketchy. But a number of background details are even more interesting than the main story.
Joey thinks joining the army will give her direction, but she must make tough decisions when her love for an older woman who is married with two children causes her to question just where she is going. Adapted from Deb Shoval's 2011 short film of the same name.
Cinematographer Gal Deren's lensing of Rust Belt locations finds a place both lovely to linger in and worth leaving, matching the bittersweet sound of the folky songs Kirke sings while the two characters are alone.