Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
John is a restaurant manager who can barely handle his family. His brain-damaged childlike sister, Celia, can barely function at all even when she is not indulging in her bad habit of abducting babies, and his brother, Marco, is a slacker university student who's looking for an excuse to drop out even while John covers his tuition compensate for his own decision to leave school. The fact that he is having an affair with the wife of the son of his boss who's considering having his baby is not helping matters either. Tired of saving Celia from being arrested, the brothers decide to get her pregnant even while John tries to avoid the growing risky tension in his own affair. It is these circumstances that would frame a meeting at his boss' home that becomes larger than he anticipated and carries consequences that would profoundly change the lives of all the people concerned. Written by
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This is a well-crafted small Canadian film about a restaurant manager trying to juggle work, family and love, though the three are all unfortunate in one way or another. Chris Owens (yup, Agent Spender) is very good in the central role and manages to hold things together with his solid, careful performance. He obviously had his heart in this script and film. He took a good role in a small film.
Digital Video quality is not great, but the direction is efficient and understated. The script is good and manages to pinpoint the truth in its characters. The sound quality is also good (see Chutney Popcorn to hear how bad sound quality is worse than bad visual quality). What's best of all in the film is its eveness of tone and its recognition of limitations, in that it keeps the course without faltering from trying too hard. Sure, it won't change your life, but it is worthwhile. And no shaky-cam!
Two cheers to James Allodi for seeing his project through. It ain't Rohmer or Pasolini (silly comparisons) but it's honest and shows promise. Someone should give this guy a chance to make a film with a bigger budget for he has the tools and will impress. I kept on thinking how much more I would enjoy it on proper film.
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