Independent filmmaker Mark Milgard makes his feature debut with the coming-of-age drama Dandelion, filmed on-location in Idaho. TV star Vincent Kartheiser plays Mason Mullich, a quiet sensitive boy living in a small town. His mother, Layla (Mare Winningham), is already overworked when his factory worker father, Luke (Arliss Howard), decides to run for city council. Things change for Mason when he meets Danny Voss (Taryn Manning), a young girl who just moved to town with her mother (Michelle Forbes). Their young love affair is complicated by a family accident. Dandelion premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum program. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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This is an excellent film that draws you into each and every character and allows you to see the progression of their lives as if you are there with them. Please be aware that this is not a "Hollywood" film, so those looking for fast action, shallow character development, and a great soundtrack should look elsewhere. I recommend this film to all!
Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood, but while my wife and I watch a lot of independent films, and while I tend to like coming of age movies (which inevitably have a certain amount of teen-age angst), this one was painful as far as we watched it.
I liked the movie. There's an akward and depressing feel in the way the Mullich family interacts that reminds me of "American Beauty." Not that this movie comes close to that, but it has its moments. It's a typical art film teenage love story, complete with withdrawn and depressed teens, self-absorbed deprecating parents, and scattered bits of fortune cookie wisdom. Every character comes into the movie depressed, Mason because of his parents, and his parents because of marriage, of course. Still a good movie, if you're in that mood. Mark Milgard loves the symbolism in water and it runs throughout. Why it's called Dandelion, I'm not sure. Even though predictable, some dumbass, Jeremy F, on this review board has a spoiler.