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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Blaum ...
Mark (as Charles W. Blaum)
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Jeff
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Lauren
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Mark's Father
Margaret Lake ...
Mark's Mother
Tiffany Vollmer ...
Doctor
Angela Gerardo ...
Airport Announcer / Author (voice)
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Andrea
Clementina Plasencia ...
Waitress
Carla Adami ...
Andrea's Mpther (voice)
Shelley Fisher ...
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Myrtle Andrews ...
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Jeff is taking care of everything Mark left behind when he died. Mark was about to have a visitor, Andrea, an Italian guy he met online. Both of them will have the chance to share memories of the Mark they knew while knowing each other.

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Subdued, Slow-Paced Look at Two Men Seeking Solace in Their Mutual Grief
6 April 2010 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Made on the cheap with a no-name cast, this intentionally intimate 2008 drama focuses on the aftermath of an auto accident which killed a young man named Mark, in particular, the impact of his unexpected death on two men – one is his best friend and roommate Jeff, and the other is Andrea, a Genoese Italian with whom Mark has been corresponding online. Mark is shown in a brief silent bit at the very beginning and later in flashback episodes and videotape. Director Yen Tan keeps the story economical by then segueing into a series of e-mails between Jeff and Andrea, at which point we find out Mark died just as Andrea was coming to visit him. Touched by Andrea's sincerity, Jeff invites him to come anyway.

What occurs from that point is not a predictable romance in typical queer cinema fashion but more the escalation of an unwieldy relationship that forms between the two survivors, neither of whom can quite accept Mark's death. It becomes clear that Jeff, a genuine mensch leading an unremarkable life, has unresolved feelings for Mark, and although he's out (thanks to Mark's influence), Jeff cannot liberate himself from the unrequited love he appears to covet. As you would expect, Andrea is serious eye candy with a conscience, a catch by most cinematic conventions, yet the filmmaker focuses on the tentative nature of their burgeoning relationship as an expression of both men's grief.

The only other character in the movie is Jeff's acerbic Asian-American stepsister Lauren, played efficiently by Ethel Lung, but she seems to enter and exit merely to comment on the obvious. The pacing is absurdly slow with lots of close-ups and long takes with little action. As Jeff, Adam Neal Smith is sincere but overly bland, just not compelling enough to maintain the film's emotional pivot point. On the other hand, Alessandro Calza brings sensitivity to the somewhat idealized role of Andrea, perhaps not a coincidence since he is the co-screenwriter (with Tan). The movie slips by unobtrusively in a subdued, almost hushed tone, but despite some awkward moments, including an inevitable scene late in the film, the emotional honesty makes this worth seeing. The 2010 DVD includes a comprehensive if not altogether informative commentary track from Tan and Calza plus the original theatrical trailer.


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