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Matters of Life and Death (2007)

| Short, Drama | 2007 (USA)
Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.



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Three siblings struggle to maintain control of their lives after the unexpected death of their parents thrusts them into an uncertain world of adulthood.

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Joseph Mazzello put in $20,000 of his own money into the film and raised a further $30,000 from fans. See more »


David Jennings: He almost didn't come today.
Mike: Really? Did you tell him about the Scouts come to see him?
David Jennings: No, he doesn't know.
[looks toward the scouts]
David Jennings: My dad would have flipped out if he knew Boston College was here to see Jon. He always loved them.
Jon: [charges from first base to home plate]
Chargers Fan behind Scouts: Go Chargers!
David Jennings: Go! Go! Run home!
Mike: Yeah!
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Very hard-hitting short drama
18 April 2007 | by (Ammon, Idaho) – See all my reviews

This is Joe's most dramatic performance. In his writing, producing and directorial debut, he takes on his parents roles after their tragic deaths on 9/11. With his brother refusing to go to school and his sister ruining off with her worthless boy friend hording their late parents checks for her drug habit. The half hour drama shows the different ways we deal with death, possibly in a shockingly realistic (which most movies fail at) way, such as the 4 or 5 F-words. Mazzello starts out with a seemingly laid-back and quiet demeanor. Then he becomes very strong willed and austere, like when his brother won't get off the couch and go to school and shows disrespect for their father. Mazzello was more intense, strong willed and emotional than I have ever seen. Even at 22 years old when it was filmed last year, Joe still cries hard and convincing in the scence near the end where he replays the conversation on the phone with his parents during the hijack. This is the most hard-hitting drama Mazzello has ever starred in, though it is a short film.

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