Film Review of Stay Until Tomorrow By William John Hagan Columnist for
The Houston Home Journal July 14,2005_
Stay Until Tomorrow, writer and director Laura Colella's second feature
film, has successfully returned the true quality to the independent
film genre. Arguably, in recent years, the true independent film has
died thanks to the influx of major production companies into this once
flourishing art form.
In a year, when Sideways a wonderful but decidedly mainstream film
swept the IFC Awards the coffin of independent film seemed to be nailed
shut and perverted into little more than a marketing term for people
seeking the creative new genius that art house cinemas once served.
Thanks to Providence native Laura Colella and her fellow producer Amy
Geller the art and genius of independent film has now returned to the
big screen with the July 14th New York premiere of Stay Until Tomorrow
at The Pioneer Theater(155 East Third Street).
Filmed in Providence, Rhode Island and Paris; Colella's Stay Until
Tomorrow is an almost perfect film combining true originality and
artistic beauty. Her unique narrative which combines a film within a
fictional film may at first confuse the dim theater patron, but will
give true joy to the more advanced film aficionado.
Stay Until Tomorrow is the story of Nina (Eleanor Hutchins), a
penniless former child star, world traveler, and professional
freeloader who appears uninvited at the apartment of Jim (Barney
Cheng). Jim, a librarian, is unable to escape Nina's clueless intrusion
even at work where she use the Providence Public Library to study
Italian and engage in meaningless sexual encounters on the roof of the
building after being seduced by a Russian born security guard. Nina
soon adopts the roof as her third residence where she carries on a raw
and purely sexual relationship with a high school student Tonio (Eddie
Bernard). Bernard gives a brief but brilliant performance which is
reminiscent of a young Richard Gere in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. However
the true linchpin of this film is the Oscar worthy performance of
Eleanor Hutchins, who has the potential of becoming one of the grand
dames of world cinema.
It can only be hoped that this fine film is given the chance at a
national audience, so the American public can once again see film
making at its best.
_William John Hagan William_Hagan@Excite.com
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