Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts in a scene from "Ben is Back."
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There's the heartbreaking part what Holly has to know deep down, and what Ben surely does despite his obedient nods, is that he will never be hers, all hers.Hedges is as excellent as he was in "Manchester By the Sea," but it's fair to say the movie belongs to Roberts.Director Hedges has said he wrote the film to explore a scourge opioid addiction that's afflicted his own family. People from Ben's former life he was a dealer as well as a user start to learn he's back. During a peaceful evening at church, someone ransacks the family home, stealing their beloved dog.It's terrifying watching Holly sit in the car as Ben enters a forbidding drug den.Ben has hurt the family and would risk anything, even his life, to repair those bonds.Still, Holly finds a way to forgive her son's transgressions.Roberts' face rarely leaves the frame.
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