"A lyrical ballad that is intimate in scale but international in scope" -New Yorker
"[Director Matthew Porterfield] has woven a dreamy, detached chronicle of dissolution and renewal" -New York Times
"The film exhibits a contemplative quiet and attentiveness to detail that enhances its issues of regret, bitterness, and confusion" -Village Voice
"Slim but affecting... what this tender indie lacks in incident, it makes up for with a wealth of sentiment" -Onion AV Club
½ "Affecting, authentic performances" -Boston Globe
Recommended! "Masterful, elusively beautiful... The acuity of Porterfield's understated and lyrical scrutiny of chance moments in familiar circumstances is intense" -NewCity Chicago
When Taryn (Deragh Campbell), a 19-year-old Northern Irish runaway, finds
herself in trouble in Ocean City, Maryland, she seeks refuge with her aunt
and uncle in Baltimore. Unfortunately, Kim and Bill have problems of their
own: they are trying to handle the end of their marriage gracefully for the
sake of their daughter, Abby, just home from her first year of college.
However, Abby is distancing herself from their emotional wreckage as Taryn
is also facing serious troubles and desperately needs their support. But her
presence during this tentative period further complicates a painful
situation, threatening to bring the whole predicament to an emotional
I Used to Be Darker is a powerful tale of personal anguish, which
has an excellent ensemble cast lead by real-life musicians Ned Oldham and
Kim Taylor (playing the estranged couple) whose heartbreaking music provides
an understated backdrop that blends seamlessly into the film's emotional
score in this unique family drama.
Directed by Matthew Porterfield, 2013,
U.S.A., 90 mins.