An Acceptable Loss

Studio: IFC Films
Directed by Joe Chappelle

Jan 24, 2019 Web Exclusive
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In An Acceptable Loss, Libby (Tika Sumpter), a former adviser to the then-Vice President Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis), finds herself as the focal point of controversy once she accepts a position as a professor at a college. It's not immediately clear why her presence on campus is so hotly contested but writer-director Joe Chappelle reveals things from Libby's past throughout to indicate why she no longer has a political career. Unable to go anywhere without drawing looks, one student, Martin (Ben Tavassoli) has his own reasons and investments in Libby coming to his college. An Acceptable Loss is an intriguing political thriller, which keeps the audience at enough of a distance without becoming alienating until motivations are revealed later on in the movie. The final act spins its wheels as it shifts into a more traditional genre exercise, where it becomes a bit ludicrous and over-the-top and far less interesting than what came before it. Still, there is enough tension to sustain curiosity and Sumpter, Tavassoli and a chilly supporting turn from Curtis keeps the movie interesting even when it flounders towards the end.

(ifcfilms.com/films/an-acceptable-loss)

Author rating: 6/10

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