Among these is one of the most authentic portrayals of a working class southern family I've ever seen on film. These are people not at all sophisticated, they often speak in harsh words to each other, and truly deep, important emotions are communicated in knowing silences. These are people I grew up around, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the screenplay and the performances captured these qualities.
One performance I would like to point out (besides Adams) is that of Scott Wilson (best known for his role on The Walking Dead) as the father, Eugene Johnston. Here is a study in how an actor creates a character through subtlety and controlled silences. What a marvel it is to watch!
But, the fact is, every actor in the cast is bringing their A-game to this film. Ben McKenzie finds real humanity in a character that could have been just another bitter jackass. The always great Celia Weston plays the family matriarch with a powerful disapproving gaze and a heart of fierce love. But, it is Amy Adams who shines in how she conveys the deep loneliness and unflinching optimism of a character desperate to be loved by a family that has trouble expressing it. When she finally has a dark moment late in the film, it is probably one of the most heartbreaking things anyone will ever witness on a movie screen.
Junebug is a wonderful, special little film. Most viewers will find something they can connect to in it.