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in_IN
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,_,
the_DT
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in_IN
the_DT
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in_IN
the_DT
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film_NN
,_,
the_DT
hanging_JJ
garden_NN
,_,
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her_PP$
senile_JJ
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that_CS
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is_BEZ
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a_DT
school_NN
dance_NN
._.
horrified_JJ
,_,
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her_PP
granddaughter_NN
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"_"
the_DT
rule_NN
of_IN
6_CD
._.
"_"
if_CS
you_PP
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break_VB
off_RP
a_DT
kiss_NN
by_IN
the_DT
count_NN
of_IN
6_CD
,_,
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committed_VBD
a_DT
sin_NN
with_IN
the_DT
boy_NN
._.
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,_,
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grandmother_NN
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"_"
protection_NN
?_?
"_"
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._.
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style_NN
._.
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to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
yet_RB
another_DT
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family_NN
picture_NN
,_,
that_CS
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the_DT
mark_NN
._.
yes_UH
,_,
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of_IN
the_DT
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their_PP$
own_DT
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,_,
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name_NN
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by_IN
accident_NN
._.
this_DT
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,_,
tragedy_NN
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,_,
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a_DT
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._.
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the_DT
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,_,
sweet_JJ
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,_,
at_IN
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
._.
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,_,
he_PP
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average_JJ
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lad_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
slapped_VBD
off-screen_CD
by_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
._.
next_OD
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
300_CD
pound_NN
teenager_NN
,_,
played_VBD
with_IN
hopelessness_NN
and_CC
depression_NN
by_IN
troy_NP
veinotte_NN
._.
when_CS
the_DT
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end_NN
,_,
we_PP
cut_VB
to_TO
10_CD
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later_RBR
._.
william_NP
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,_,
reasonably_RB
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,_,
played_VBD
with_IN
love_NN
and_CC
compassion_NN
by_IN
chris_NP
leavins_NNS
._.
william_NP
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returned_VBN
after_IN
10_CD
years_NNS
absence_NN
to_IN
attend_VB
the_DT
marriage_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
free-spirited_JJ
and_CC
foul-mouthed_JJ
sister_NN
rosemary_NP
to_IN
his_PP$
first_OD
childhood_NN
lover_NN
,_,
fletcher_NP
(_(
joe_NP
s_NN
._.
keller_NP
)_(
._.
kerry_NP
fox_NN
from_IN
an_DT
angel_NN
at_IN
my_PP$
table_NN
and_CC
shallow_JJ
grave_NN
plays_VBZ
rosemary_NP
with_IN
a_DT
compelling_JJ
joy_NN
._.
nicole_NN
burnell_NP
,_,
who_WP
gave_VBD
such_DT
a_DT
devastating_JJ
performance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
sweet_JJ
hereafter_NN
,_,
plays_VBZ
the_DT
teenage_JJ
rosemary_NP
._.
the_DT
father_NN
of_IN
the_DT
family_NN
,_,
whiskey_NN
mac_NN
(_(
peter_NP
macneill_NP
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
an_DT
alcoholic_JJ
autocrat_NN
who_WP
is_BEZ
more_DT
obnoxious_JJ
than_CS
harmful_JJ
._.
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
iris_NN
(_(
seana_NP
mckenna_NP
)_)
,_,
says_VBZ
that_CS
she_PP
would_MD
have_HV
left_VBN
him_PP
years_NNS
ago_RB
to_IN
at_IN
least_DT
go_VB
to_TO
some_DT
place_NN
warm_JJ
were_BED
it_NN
not_XNOT
for_IN
her_PP$
lack_NN
of_IN
money_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
obligations_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
kids_NNS
._.
rounding_VBG
out_RP
the_DT
family_NN
is_BEZ
christine_NP
dunsworth_NP
as_IN
nine-year-old_JJ
violet_NN
,_,
the_DT
sister_NN
whom_WP
william_NP
meets_VBZ
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
._.
as_CS
the_DT
exuberant_JJ
irish_JJ
music_NN
fills_VBZ
the_DT
air_NN
at_IN
the_DT
wedding_NN
in_IN
the_DT
family_NN
home_NN
,_,
william_NP
wanders_VBZ
off_RP
to_IN
try_NN
on_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
old_JJ
coats_NNS
,_,
which_WDT
causes_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
laugh_VB
at_IN
the_DT
size_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
former_DT
self_NN
._.
the_DT
director_NN
manages_VBZ
to_IN
stage_NN
simple_JJ
scenes_NNS
in_IN
wonderfully_RB
imaginative_JJ
ways_NNS
._.
he_PP
takes_VBZ
a_DT
common_JJ
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dress_NN
train_NN
and_CC
uses_NNS
it_PP
to_TO
set_VB
up_RP
scenes_NNS
in_IN
fresh_JJ
and_CC
fascinating_JJ
ways_NNS
._.
rosmary_JJ
's_BEZ
trip_NN
to_IN
the_DT
bathroom_NN
after_IN
drinking_NN
too_RB
much_RB
beer_NN
is_BEZ
beautifully_RB
orchestrated_VBN
,_,
and_CC
kerry_NP
fox_NN
is_BEZ
at_IN
her_PP$
hilarious_JJ
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trying_JJ
to_TO
cope_VB
with_IN
the_DT
long_JJ
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in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
bath_NN
,_,
all_PDT
while_NN
talking_VBG
to_IN
her_PP$
brother_NN
._.
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
anything_PN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
character_NN
sketches_NNS
._.
in_IN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
strongest_JJS
we_PP
watch_NN
william_NP
in_IN
a_DT
flashback_NN
as_IN
he_PP
has_HVZ
his_PP$
first_OD
sexual_JJ
encounter_NN
,_,
a_DT
homosexual_NN
one_CD
._.
although_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
perfectly_RB
happy_JJ
liking_NN
the_DT
same_DT
sex_NN
,_,
his_PP$
mother_NN
is_BEZ
aghast_JJ
._.
a_DT
woman_NN
friend_NN
of_IN
hers_PP$
suggests_VBZ
she_PP
take_VB
william_NP
to_IN
a_DT
local_JJ
housewife_NN
,_,
dusty_JJ
miller_NP
(_(
martha_NP
irving_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
,_,
for_IN
a_DT
fee_NN
,_,
will_MD
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william_NP
._.
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absolute_JJ
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to_IN
yield_NN
significant_JJ
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punch_NN
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being_BEG
sensational_JJ
._.
dusty_JJ
,_,
after_IN
asking_VBG
iris_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
her_PP
daughter_NN
,_,
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william_NP
and_CC
gently_RB
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him_PP
to_TO
the_DT
joys_NNS
of_IN
sex_NN
with_IN
the_DT
opposite_JJ
sex_NN
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
notwithstanding_IN
,_,
he_PP
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prefers_VBZ
males_NNS
._.
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film_NN
is_BEZ
at_IN
its_PP$
most_DT
poignant_JJ
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several_DT
sequences_NNS
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the_DT
grown_VBN
william_NP
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face-to-face_JJ
with_IN
himself_PPX
when_CS
younger_JJR
._.
this_DT
causes_NNS
his_PP$
ugly_JJ
old_JJ
memories_NNS
to_IN
be_BE
reignited_JJ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
devastating_JJ
,_,
he_PP
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to_TO
come_VB
to_IN
grips_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
former_DT
self_NN
who_WP
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so_RB
overwhelmed_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
stress_NN
that_CS
he_PP
tried_VBD
to_IN
hang_NN
himself_PPX
._.
even_RB
here_RB
,_,
the_DT
director_NN
touches_VBZ
your_PP$
heart_NN
without_IN
ever_RB
letting_VBG
the_DT
story_NN
dissolve_VB
into_IN
anything_PN
approaching_VBG
a_DT
tearjerker_NN
._.
the_DT
ultimate_JJ
result_NN
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an_DT
uplifting_JJ
story_NN
that_CS
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more_DT
hope_NN
that_CS
one_CD
would_MD
ever_RB
expect_VB
from_IN
the_DT
outline_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
plot_NN
._.
the_DT
hanging_JJ
garden_NN
runs_VBZ
31_CD
:_:
31_CD
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
rated_VBN
r_NN
for_IN
strong_JJ
sexuality_NN
,_,
language_NN
,_,
violence_NN
and_CC
some_DT
teen_NN
drug_NN
use_NN
and_CC
would_MD
be_BE
acceptable_JJ
for_IN
teenagers_NNS
only_RB
if_CS
they_PP
are_BER
quite_RB
old_JJ
and_CC
mature_JJ
._.
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