There are always a few movies that are released that you don’t seem to hear about and only stumble upon when looking for something to watch one evening. All Good Things, a docudrama depiction of the long ago disappearance of young and promising medical student, Katie Marks (Kirsten Dunst), is one of those unexpected finds.

Ryan Gosling is David Marks, the son of New York City real estate tycoon Sanford Marks (Frank Langella) a cold and domineering man who belittles his son. While on an errand for his father, David meets Katie, a middle class girl from Long Island who is a tenant in one of the family’s apartment buildings. The two fall in love and despite his father’s objections they marry, move to Vermont and open a health food store. The couple’s fairytale happiness in the country is short-lived as David gives in to pressure from his father and joins the family business.

That’s when the trouble begins. The marriage begins to disintegrate as David’s repressed childhood traumas force his dark side to the surface. Gosling takes David from loving and charming to abusive and tortured the entire time making you feel sympathy for this unstable man.

Kirsten Dunst delivers her best performance in a film to date. She is touching and heartbreaking as she goes from a young woman completely in love with her husband and the possibility of their life together to a disillusioned, fearful wife trying desperately to exert her independence.

Although the story sounds like a ripped from the headlines movie of the week, far from being exploitive, the tone is realistic and gritty. The film does lose some tension after Katie’s disappearance since the most riveting facet of the story is the couple’s relationship. The focus of the mystery slips as the latter part of this thriller speculates about what may have happened to Katie and the extent of David’s involvement in her disappearance. The top-notch writing, direction, and performances though will keep you intrigued.

If there’s an aspect of truth to take away from this still unsolved mystery, it’s that all good things are seldom as they seem.

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