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First, Last and Deposit (2000)

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Thirteen-year-old Tessa faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Wilcox ...
Christine
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Tessa
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Ronald
Alanna Learned ...
Zoe
Robin Alcorn ...
Courtney
Alison Coutts-Jordon ...
Gabby (as Alison Coutts-Jordan)
Glen Phillips ...
Jordan
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Zoe's Mom
Jason Hallows ...
Roy
Buddy Winston ...
Drama Teacher
Danielle Aubuchon ...
Ronald's Wife
Henny Jenson ...
Gabby's Mom
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Gabby's Boyfriend (as David M. Brainard)
Daniel Revie ...
Tow Yard Guy
Jennifer A. Reinish ...
Woman In Market
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Thirteen-year-old Tessa faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence.

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The music in First, Last and Deposit is by Glen Phillips of the band Toad The Wet Sprocket. Phillips also plays the part of Jordan (guy at the kiosk). See more »

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The dark side of the American Dream
22 June 2001 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

This shot-on-digital-video film, that I saw on the IFC's DV Theater the other night, is hugely impressive, with some exceptional acting from a cast of actors that I had never heard of before.

The story, about a single mother & her teenage daughter, and their struggles with being homeless, has been done before, and the film is similar to the Hollywood *blockbuster* "Anywhere But Here" in many ways, but Jessica White & Sara Wilcox, as "Tessa" and her Mom "Christine" offer up performances that are so real and immediate (the fact that this is shot on video gives the film a chillingly real & voyeuristic feel) that any memory of the "Hollywood" version is wiped out right away.

Jessica White, in particular, is very effective as "Tessa" the young girl who really can't imagine why her world is being turned upside down, and why her Mom is "ruining" everything for her, as she enters her trying teenage years, with all of the angst that they bring.

Peter Hyoguchi, the writer/director, who was himself raised by his mother in Santa Barbara, the affluent city where the film was shot, is to be commended for not being afraid to show how the American Dream can become a nightmare for people in an instant, and how easy it is to become homeless, even in a rich area like Santa Barbara.

"First, Last and Deposit" has been featured at many film festivals, but I expect that it will air on IFC again, and I highly recommend it.

It's heartbreakingly, achingly real, and a true work of art.


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