Summer Movie Reviews: Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, and Harper Lee on the Valley’s Silver Screen
Mel Gibson’s The Beaver, Jessica Alba’s An Invisible Sign, and Mary Murphy’s biopic Hey Boo, about To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, all have ties to the Hudson Valley
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The next local sighting comes in a movie that’s also about a family coping with mental illness: An Invisible Sign. Never heard of it? That’s because the theatrical release is teeny-tiny: It’s only playing once a day at the IFC Center in New York City. But that doesn’t mean you have to head to the Metro-North to check it out: The film’s also available in OnDemand — an option you might want to explore, because these reviews make it seem like it might be better for a rental than a full-price theatrical ticket.
The book is based on Aimee Bender’s fantastic novel, An Invisible Sign of My Own, about a girl (Mona, played by Jessica Alba) who retreats into the world of mathematics as a way of coping with her father’s sudden mental illness diagnosis. She develops obsessions and compulsions of her own, and struggles with managing them as she starts a new job teaching math to elementary school kids.
All of these mental quirks sure make it hard to flirt with the cute science teacher, though they go on a semi-sorta-kinda date together to... the Tarrytown Music Hall, of course! The date is a disaster and Mona ends up running away, but it does make for a nice scene of her sprinting down the streets of Tarrytown.