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There’s a warning in twelve-step programs urging those new to the path of recovery from staying out of relationships for one year. While not the most welcome piece of advice, many will tell you not to overlook or dismiss it so readily. In Jardine Libaire and Drake Doremus’s Endings, Beginnings, Shailene Woolley plays Daphne, a woman who found her way out of a bad relationship and a mild case of alcohol dependency.

“…to start fresh, Daphne breaks up with her boyfriend, quits her job, and moves in with her sister…”

Needing to start fresh, Daphne breaks up with her boyfriend, quits her job, and moves in with her sister, brother-in-law, and niece. During one of her women’s art “therapy” group, she declares to her friend/sponsor(?) Ingrid (Kyra Sedgwick), who suggests she’s swearing off relationships for at least six months.

Admittedly, she reveals she has self-hatred. She uses relationships as security and self-esteem. The story is almost a way to show the self-destructive patterns we fall into that slowly destroys us over and over again as she dives into two relationships with best friends, Jack (Jamie Dornan) and Frank (Sebastian Stan). Both relationships are slightly dysfunctional in different ways and what starts as physical relationships and slowly deteriorates emotionally over time…and then there’s the best friends thing.

Endings, Beginnings (2020)

Directed: Drake Doremus

Written: Jardine Libaire, Drake Doremus

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Wendie Malick, Kyra Sedgwick, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…we're witnessing millennial problems (they just don't know it)."

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  1. Not a fan says:

    Navel gazing at its highest! If people think this movie is reality, they’re very mistaken.

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