'Better Angels' captures a very young Lincoln and his childhood influences

January 6, 2015 4:01 PM

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"The Better Angels" is an arty, poetic rendering of Abraham Lincoln's youth of hardscrabble farming, near poverty and tragedy, the childhood, in essence, that made the man.

It's about the parents who raised him, the stern, hard-working father Tom (Jason Clarke), whom he somewhat disdained later in life, and the two women he called mother - his adoring birth mother Nancy (Brit Marling) and his indulgent champion stepmom, Sarah (Diane Kruger).

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