Taken literally, the locally made Field Guide to November Days could be read as a guide for Portland's young and aimless. Beer, coffee, bikes, house shows, and awkward sex appear prominently on the film's landscape of rental houses stuffed with kitschy knickknacks. At times it honestly feels like a parody of all the stereotypes, a Look at This Fucking Hipster: The Movie in shades of mumblecore. Still, its execution is demonstrably sensitive and artful, and while the dramatically somber tone could use a cut of humor or further darkness to texturize the rather one-note mood, the skills and attention brought to the screen are an exciting indication of what director Nick Peterson can bring to the table.
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