Worlds get overturned in writer/director Eric Mendelsohn's new film, 3 Backyards, but quietly, subtly, with no little humor and with finely tuned emotion. Set in a Long Island suburb, a businessman (Elias Koteas) finds himself suddenly rootless when a canceled flight leaves him with a day free and nowhere, really, to go; meanwhile, a housewife (Edie Falco) does a favor for a celebrity (Embeth Davidtz) and has to confront the value of her own existence, while a young girl (Rachel Resheff) finds herself challenged by moral ambiguities after she inadvertently steals a piece of jewelry. In the grand scheme of things, each interweaving story -- all of which take place in the span of the same day -- is a mere blip on the map of the universe, yet Mendelsohn and cast movingly mark how each character is affected by what transpires, and capture how, sometimes, the smallest of upheavals can be the most profound.
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