Stranger Things

A soft-spoken college student returns home to take stock of the family property after her mother dies; while in town she makes the acquaintance of a homeless drifter, and the two enjoy a brief though meaningful friendship. There are no great revelations in this British indie drama (2010), yet first-time writer-directors Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal tell their simple story earnestly and with obvious sympathy for their emotionally wounded protagonists. In its emphasis of character over narrative incident, this feels closer in spirit to a short film than a feature, though it’s still short enough not to wear out its welcome.