The Moment plays out like a thriller or mystery but is deeply rooted in the reality of the main character Lee (Jennifer Jason Leigh), whose journey through her own sanity, the truth about those around her and the history of their collective lives, comes to light slowly throughout the course of the film. Director Jane Weinstock, does a beautiful job of telling a story that involves mental illness without revolving around it or passing judgments, leaving the audience room to commit to Lee’s journey as much as the character does.
The film offers its audience an interesting perspective, everything we see and know is from Lee’s perspective with events and circumstances deeply rooted in the reality of real life. Questions go unanswered and problems unresolved, just like in everyday life. There is no neat bow tying this story together in the end, but the journey is deeply satisfying and truly insightful.
This captivating and contemplative film unravels a mysterious journey for the main character into the truth of her current circumstances, played thoughtfully and coolly by Jennifer Jason Leigh.
As the story jumps back and forth between the recent past and present moment, the way the film is shot varies successfully. The past is shot clearly and brightly even through tumultuous memories, and as the memories get closer to the present, the scenes are shaky and dark. This tactic aides the story greatly and pulls the audience into further understanding of Lee’s current point of view.
Overall The Moment is a thoughtfully made film that will leave its audience satisfied with the journey it presents. It offers the opportunity for in-depth conversation about the reality of mental illnesses and how it may be possible to lose your mind without losing the ability for rational thought and personal exploration. It is cast well and each actor provides a detailed and realistic performance, while Jennifer Jason Leigh steals the show.