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Father and son bond in the wry, understated 'Confirmation'

Father and son bond in the wry, understated 'Confirmation'

Feature films these days rarely come as gentle and equitable as "The Confirmation." It's a sweet, decidedly low-key little picture starring a deftly understated Clive Owen as Walt, a divorced small-town carpenter spending a pivotal few days with his 8-year-old son, Anthony (a wonderful Jaeden Lieberher).

When Walt's ex-wife — and Anthony's mom — Bonnie (Maria Bello) takes a weekend trip with her new husband (Matthew Modine), Walt's put in charge of Anthony, a sensible kid with more moxie than his Catholic-school rearing may first imply.

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