The Things We Carry****½ (2009)
Director: Ian McCrudden
Screenwriter: Alyssa Lobit
Cast: Alyssa Lobit, Catherine Kresge, Alexis Rhee, Daniel Zacapa, Ilene Graff, Rob Moran, Jennifer Blanc, Frank Merino , Marshall Manesh, Johnny Whitworth, Tonya Kay, Austin Basis, Josh Pence, Tria Xiong, Angela Oh
When her mother, Sunny Roberts, dies from her drug addiction, Emmie returns home. As she goes around town looking for a package her mother left behind, she reconnects with her sister, Eve, and starts the healing process.
This movie is a quest for answers, written out from Lobit Sisters‘s real story (Athena is the producer). Although Emmie wondered around the world, running away from her problems, she can only settles her issues once she comes back home, forgive her mum and herself, which arrives only towards the end of the movie. This movie really illustrates well how someone can be stuck in life due to past traumas. At some point, the two sisters kind of fight to determine who suffered the most from the situation but I don’t think there is a winner. Both suffered equally but had different ways of dealing with it. Superb performance by Korean American veteran actress Alexis Rhee (Blade Runner, Crash, E.R., Lost, The Shield) as the drug addict mother. This is a beautiful movie.