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The complex relationship between a wealthy French woman and her best friend a, gay black American, is thrown into turmoil when her estranged daughter comes to visit them with her new husband for the weekend in upstate New York. Through a series of drunken evenings and daytime squabbles it becomes apparent that no one involved is what they seem. Written by Producer

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17 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a great day to see a film made for love of art, not made as a product. This shows that if you have a story to tell and an excellent cast it doesn't matter what format you shoot on.

All the cast is great and the director/writer does himself proud. Pamela Holden Stewart will especially knock your socks off . If actors in films of this budget got academy awards there would be one coming at her. (Especially when, after the screening at Outfest in LA I found out she isn't French!)

This film could serve as textbook for aspiring film makers in the simplicity of its structure. The action is placed in one house, there is a minimum of characters and their interaction is personal and emotionally resonant. The redemptive theme is payed off at just the right moment to sustain tension. Nothing is wasted.

Even without considerations for the minuscule budget (reported to be an unbelievable 5g) this film is an emotional gem. It is a pleasure to see indie film which is truly independent yet entertaining and affecting.


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