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An Open Door (2006)

| Short, Drama
Set in a weekend of weddings, "An Open Door" looks at the American dream and what it has come to mean to Joey and Sabina as they begin to face the question of the rest of their lives. With ... See full summary »

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Brent Bateman ...
Bartender
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Police Man #1
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Joey Johnson
Matthew Gilliam ...
Mark
Brenda Lasker ...
College Clerk
Melissa Reneé Martin ...
Gayle
Robert Niblett ...
Police Man #2
Nick Ortega ...
Dean
Rebecca Rainboldt ...
Sabina
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Set in a weekend of weddings, "An Open Door" looks at the American dream and what it has come to mean to Joey and Sabina as they begin to face the question of the rest of their lives. With no family and few options, they struggle to find a secure future for themselves. Sabina sells drugs with hopes of earning money for college. Joey hopes for a raise and, thereby, Sabina's love. When his efforts repeatedly end in failure, Joey comes to rely more and more on the drugs that Sabina sells to bolster his flagging self-esteem, which ultimately costs Sabina the one true, secure thing in her life. Written by Crystal Us

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A truly beautiful and powerful film
11 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'An Open Door' by Crystal Us is the best film I've seen on the film festival circuit. I saw it at Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival, where it won 'Best Drama,' an award that was aptly named and richly deserved.

The acting is stellar - so much better than you'll typically find in an independent film. (As evidence, the lead male actor, Charlie Capen, was nominated for 'Best Male Performance.') This director has a remarkable gift for character development and an equal love for her actors and her story; as a result, the characters are remarkably well-developed for a short. The camera is at times voyeuristic, at other times introspective, and at all times intimate. This film wasn't made; it was crafted. I can't remember when I last saw this kind of passion in a film! Yes, it's that good.

Crystal Us has a gift, and I eagerly await her future work. If you get a chance to see 'An Open Door' on the festival circuit, or anywhere else, don't pass up the opportunity.


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