Film Review: Milkwater

Milkwater is the perfect coming-of-age movie for those who feel they’re too old for coming-of-age movies.

Following New York native Milo as she searches for grounding in her life, whilst watching her friends have children, relationships and careers that she can’t seem to get her hands on. Totally encompassing the feeling that every twenty-something goes through at least once: life is passing you by and you have nothing to show for it.

Milkwater also showcases the true New York experience in its diverse range of sexualities. As Milo encounters a drag queen longing to be a father, she sees this as an opportunity to focus her life. Not perhaps her ideal possible solution but as you journey with her through the complications of surrogacy, the level of emotion that Molly Bernard, Milo, portrays is extraordinary making it impossible not to laugh and cry along with her.

When tackling serious subject matters, like pregnancy and one’s purpose in life, the dialogue and chemistry can quickly become robotic and overly-dramatic, taking a backseat to the ‘moral of the story’. Writer-director Morgan Ingari seems to have no issues with this, and it’s easy to see that this is not a film that takes itself too seriously. The quick-wit, sarcasm and well-timed comedy helps connect the audience in an entirely different realm and feels more realistic than most reality shows currently on air.

Additionally, as a literature fanatic, it’s heart-warming to see a film pay true homage to its literary beginnings. Directly speaking about The Consecrating Mother by Anne Sexton, where the film’s namesake is derived from, and drawing out the clear connections between the poem and the message behind the film in a borderline condescending manner.

Ingari has created one of the most heart-warming, comfort movies in recent memory whilst sticking to the indie film genre. Adding in perfect casting and brilliant sound editing, that almost makes one want to download the entire soundtrack, it’s a film not to be missed.   

Milkwater is available to watch now on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, VUDU and WolfeOnDemand

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Review by Samantha Leathers

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