A young woman uses art to make sense of her anxieties in life, only to find that doesn't mean she can leave them behind, in this emotional drama. Meg (Agnes Bruckner) is a bright but troubled teenager who has essentially been forced… More A young woman uses art to make sense of her anxieties in life, only to find that doesn't mean she can leave them behind, in this emotional drama. Meg (Agnes Bruckner) is a bright but troubled teenager who has essentially been forced into the position of head of the household; her father has abandoned the family, and her mother (Margaret Colin), struggling to support two children, has emotionally shut herself off from her daughters, leaving Meg to raise her younger sister Lily (Regan Arnold). Meg has a talent for writing and a desire to become a novelist; one of her teachers, Mr. Auster (David Strathairn) senses Meg has talent as a poet, and encourages her to write verse. With her dysfunctional family providing inspiration for her work, Meg finds that poetry gives her a voice to communicate her unhappiness at home, and Auster urges her to continue with her work, helping to enter her work in a competition for young poets. Meg's work is accepted into the finals, but her situation at home grows steadily worse; Meg's mother has become openly combative with her, and Lily is beginning to collapse from the strain. Forbidden by her mother to attend the final readings for the poetry competition, Meg sneaks off and travels to Florida with Auster, only to discover he carries a full load of emotional baggage himself. Blue Car was the debut feature from writer and director Karen Moncrieff; it won an enthusiastic reception in its screenings at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Consensus: A cautionary tale that rings true.