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The action opens in the home of 60-something couple Helen and Roy Braginski (Robin Bartlett and Julian Gamble), who've shared 40 years of quiet domesticity.Helen is indeed a 21st-century mom.Helen carries the thing around with her like a living baby, causing confusion among cashiers and cops who think it's real. Across town, Helen and Alex Castro are giving an artist talk.Helen's lactating, a sure sign that she's pregnant.The Castros recent personal history is no more placid than their artistic practice, and Helen is still bitter about Alex's recent infidelity. Helen and Alex's lives too are about to change irrevocably.Helen is among a handful of figures from ancient mythology whose likeness is frequently reanimated in literature and cinema.Complementary as its two Helen stories are, the film's narrative poles don't speak to audiences with equal force. The compelling weirdness of the "Reborn Doll" culture, and the craft with which the more-seasoned actors depict Helen and Roy Braginski, will likely resonate among most open-minded audiences.
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