Unintended consequences, Pandora's box, the genie out of the bottle. Julian and Chalice are married three years, affectionate and happy. He teaches at a store-front college, she counsels at Planned Parenthood. Their Lower East Side flatmate is Malika, Chalice's long-time friend who's bisexual. Julian is attracted to a student, Elena, but steps back from an affair. He hatches a plan to convince Chalice to engage in a ménage a trios; she's reluctant, then willing. Julian brings Elena into the picture without telling Chalice he already knows her. Meanwhile, Malika has her own response. Against a backdrop of trouble at Julian's college, emotions roil. How many ways can this go wrong? Written by
For first time feature of William Tyler Smith, this movie holds what Smith is best at: the complex analysis of complex relationships with nuances of character that we may see in ourselves. Knowing Smiths work in his short films, it is clear that he has extended his sensibilities (and his love for the female persona and the complexities of women in general) with this movie. As an independent film it shows great promise and a new voice in cinema. The performances (and especially one in particular) are generally excellent and of course Smith's sense of visuals are throughout the movie. Talent starts out raw, and over time matures and develops a polish that takes a director from the ranks of director to the ranks of filmmaker. William Tyler Smith with this film is on his way!
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