Relationships are all the same - straight, gay, etc. This reminds me why Julianne Moore and Annette Bening are two of my favorite actresses. A film with a very independent feel, but it never tries too hard. Mark Ruffalo never really wins me over; he's just there. You want to root for the family. The last few minutes seem a bit rushed and contrived. Bening has my vote for the Best Actress Oscar so far (beating Portman). Julianne Moore is beautiful.