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Winner of The Best of Next Audience Award at Sundance 2013, writer-director Chad Hartigan's This Is Martin Bonner plays like a gritty, 1970s odd couple character study. (Even the poster hearkens back to the glory days of the first wave of American independent cinema.) A masterful exercise in minimalism and subtlety, This Is Martin Bonner is an incredibly basic story, with absolutely no action or drama -- and very little comedy -- but this is precisely how and why Hartigan's film excels. Abiding by the classic design strategy, Kiss (keep it simple stupid), Hartigan develops his film solely upon two very intriguing personas. Martin (Paul Eenhoorn) and Travis (Richmond Arquette) are polar opposites who by sheer happenstance grow to recognize that they share a certain kinship. Both men have recently relocated to Nevada out of absolute necessity. After being unemployed for two years -- and having recently declared bankruptcy -- »

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