by  Leo Goldsmith (June 19, 2008)

[An indieWIRE review from Reverse Shot.]

It’s an incontrovertible truth that Samantha Morton is among the best actresses in the world, a fact somehow aided and not obscured by her insistence on playing, from “Sweet and Lowdown” to “Mister Lonely,” the same character: the innocent, all-forgiving punching bag of a self-obsessed, self-hating asshole. And in Cecilia Miniucchi’s “Expired,” Morton once again owns this self-abnegation, here in its most socially and municipally abject form: that of the meter maid. Reluctantly writing up parking tickets to the ever irate and incredulous population of Santa Monica, Morton’s Claire, in voice over, identifies herself as “one of the most hated people in the world.” A brutally funny and relentlessly squirm-inducing film about neuroses, loneliness, and love, “Expired” posits the traffic cop as the nadir of self-esteem and the constant recipient of abuse and disgust.

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