Sensitive casting and the actors’ talent built a group that feels like a family. As the mother who used to be able to call the shots for her kids, Purnell rings impeccably true. Telford is subtle yet forceful as the father. Daughter-in-law Moira in particular moves the story forward, and Smith plays her with great empathy.
Thoughtful touches abound. Well-curated music from Talking Heads to Portugal. The Man introduces and punctuates the action; it would make a great Spotify playlist. Even the program insert listing cast and crew is beautifully designed. Swallows is a class act.