Kristen Stewart has finally shed her Twilight Saga skin in the indie film Welcome to the Rileys, with James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo. This wonderful look into the human condition is complicated, riveting and sheds a refreshing light on Stewart's dormant acting abilities. The movie was a hit at Sundance this year, and there is already Oscar buzz in the air.
The story is about a couple whose marriage slowly deteriorates eight years after their daughterâ€™s death, and the opposite paths the couple take in order to deal with the pain. Doug's (Gandolfini) path takes him to another woman and eventually New Orleans, where he meets Mallory (Stewart) an under-aged stripper who reminds him of his deceased child. Lois's (Leo) path keeps her hidden at home with pharmaceuticals, guilt and feelings of abandonment. In an effort to repair her marriage, Lois gets over her agoraphobia to track down her husband but finds him shacked up with Mallory.
Stewart also takes a different path in that she is actually acting and not turning in another wooden, brooding performance like she does in the Twilight Saga franchise. Her acting abilities seemed to peak when she did Panic Room with Jody Foster but it appears Welcome to the Rileys, director Jake Scott pulled something out of her. Thatâ€™s good news for those who were concerned about Stewartâ€™s ability to pull off the emotionally difficult Renesemee birthing scenes in Breaking Dawn. Welcome to the Rileys is due in theaters October 29 and with talent like Gandolfini (The Sopranos, The Mexican) and Leo (21 Grams, Everybody's Fine) the movie will attract more than just Twihards. The Twilight Sagaâ€™s Breaking Dawn will be in theaters next year as a two-part extravaganza: August 2011 and November 2011.
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