Indie films like Tumbledown deserve all the breaks they can get. This one rewards the viewer with a typically fine performance by Rebecca Hall and a revelatory one by Jason Sudeikis, whom we usually associate with comedy. He hasn’t abandoned his sense of humor here—in fact, it lightens the movie just when it needs it—but he shows colors we haven’t seen before and points to a rich film career ahead. (He is also playing Jesse Owens’ coach Larry Snyder in Race, which opens on Friday.)
A strong supporting cast includes Joe Mangianello, Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Richard Masur, and the always-welcome Griffin Dunne. I sawTumbledown at the Savannah Film Festival last fall, and my fellow jurors and I were unanimous in voting it Best Picture. It’s a small-scale endeavor but we found it thoroughly satisfying. You can watch it on VOD right now, but it’s also playing in theaters.