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Reed Morano's Olivia Wilde-Starrer from 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in Theaters Now

Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson star as aggrieved parents in a wrenching missing-child drama.

Cinematographer Reed Morano has been an invaluable asset to America's contemporary indie scene for over a decade now, with credits that range from Frozen River and The Skeleton Twins to HBO's Looking and the upcoming Scorsese series Vinyl.

This year, Morano made her directorial debut at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival with Meadowland, a searing and well-made indie drama about a New York City couple (Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson) whose marriage (and sanity) begin to unravel in the aftermath of their son's mysterious disappearance. This weekend, the film opens in limited release from Cinedigm in theaters across New York and Los Angeles.

Meadowland features a cavalcade of appealing supporting actors, including John Leguizamo, Elisabeth Moss, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins, Juno Temple, and Merritt Wever, but the project really belongs to Wilde, who stretches herself like never before as a teacher rapidly teetering on the brink of psychological breakdown, and Wilson, who between this, Skeleton Twins, and HBO's Enlightened has become one of our most valuable and sensitive characters actors. Screenwriter Chris Rossi also deserves credit for crafting a story that recognizes the multitudinous ways in which people deal with overwhelming loss and unthinkable tragedy.

And, of course, there's Morano, who does double duty as both director and D.P. in her sorrowful but stirring debut. Meadowland is a powerfully worthy watch that's even more exciting for the distinct possibility that Morano's best is still yet to come. Morano is already attached to direct Ellen Page in Lioness, an upcoming drama about a real-life gay Marine who bonded with the wives of several Taliban leaders. This is obviously good news for Morano, who is only at the outset of her promising directorial career. But it's also good news for the audiences who have seen Meadowland and simply can't wait for a return visit with this filmmaker's refreshing and committed cinematic viewpoint.

New Yorkers can see Meadowland now at Village East Cinemas. See showtimes and buy tickets here.

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