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As a director and screenwriter, Hawke clearly admires his frequent collaborator, Richard Linklater. The pair has made many films together, most notably BEFORE SUNRISE and its sequel BEFORE SUNSET, and like these films, Hawke's THE HOTTEST STATE isn't driven by an elaborate plot. Instead, it relies on dialogue and on the relationship of its characters to move the film forward. The romance between William and Sarah feels genuine from its sweet inception to its heartbreaking end. Hawke has assembled a great cast here, including Webber and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, but it's the women who play the couple's mothers who really shine. As Sarah's overbearing mother, Sonia Braga is captivating in her performance. In the small but pivotal role of William's mom, Laura Linney displays as much talent as she's brought to meatier parts in films such as YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. The film's soundtrack is just as impressive as its cast, with offerings from indie favourites such as Cat Power and Feist. Songwriter Jesse Harris wrote the songs, and they're the perfect accompaniment to this intimate film about love and heartbreak.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 113 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English