Review: Pet Names, 2018, dir. Carol Brandt

If you don’t listen closely enough, you might miss the quiet explanation for Pet Names‘ title, but that’s okay: You’re almost guaranteed to catch it. Pet Names is a tiny movie about tiny problems, but it’s beautifully made and completely engrossing; I can’t imagine anyone with a taste for this kind of cinema, character-driven, relationship-driven, unfussed and natural, watching it and not falling under its spell. I’m not sure I’m doing Pet Names any favors by saying it’s one of my favorite movies of 2018 to date, but there you have it. I loved it, as you might guess by my glowing SXSW review for The Playlist.


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