Episode One: the series begins in Brandon Manitoba and tracks Olympian Jonathan Asselin, veteran Tamai Philips and rookie Danielle Risler through various tune up classes which prepare them ... See full summary »
When two objects hurtle toward each other at full speed, a collision becomes inevitable. And so it is with two grown brothers whose animosities have been churning within them since childhood. Their hostilities, their annoyances, petty grievances and frustration all have one source: their father. And it is their deceased father whom they now come to bury. Terry and Vance Cowens, two estranged brothers whose mother died when they were children, meet on a desolate highway in Mexico. Together they drive to a small town where they expect to bid farewell to their recently deceased father, Jake. Jake was an absentee father, a ball player on the road, chasing glory with one minor league team after another. After never making it to the "show", Jake finally winds up in Mexico, retired, watching baseball on television with Maria, until his death. Terry and Vance are stunned to find Jake's body being preserved in the walk-in freezer of a small cantina. They have no choice but to put Jake in the ... Written by
Story, characters and photography overcome the obvious low budget.
I enjoyed this film for its "slow" development. The background of the characters and their relationship to one another is revealed the way one peels an onion: one thin layer at a time.
The plot, characters and photography overcome the obvious budget limitations to the point where one can forgive the occasional "roughness." In fact, this rugged (ragged) motif, set against the Mexican Desert, actually helps propel the story.
There were brave attempts on the part of the Cinematographer to give visual distinction to the "fantasy" sequences. These touches, perhaps a bit too subtle for the average viewer, would have been greatly improved with more money and resources, I am sure. It does, however, demonstrate the spirit of the overall film: This was obviously a work of passionate storytelling.
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