"All the characters in Asteroid City seem to have attended Anderson School, so to speak, where the need for underreaction, clipped and quick, has been drummed into them; that would explain why Augie’s young daughters barely flinch, let alone cry, when they hear of their mother’s demise. Such a conceit -- that emotions can be as stylized as clothes -- is not a fault so much as a sly strategy. (You encounter it all the time in Restoration comedy.)