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...Around (2008)

 |  Drama  |  25 December 2010 (USA)
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A dark, dramatic comedy about making it in New York. From Jersey City to Penn Station, ...Around is about getting up to fall back down again.

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Doyle Simms (as Rob Evans)
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Allyson Lodeir
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Logic
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Theresa Simms
Ron Brice ...
Saul
Veronica Heffron ...
Mona
David Joseph Boyd ...
Bryan
Erin Sullivan ...
Marcy
Ali Tobia ...
Lizzie Simms
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Louise
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Jun Fei
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Tony Simms
Steven Grgas ...
Young Doyle
Kristopher Torres ...
Young Logic
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Trey
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. Doyle Simms grows up across the Hudson from NYC and flees his toxic family to attend a film program there. After a bumpy first year he returns more determined than ever to become a storyteller and figure out his place. Financial setbacks force Doyle to find creative "rent-controlled living" and begin a dual life living out of Penn Station while going to school. We follow Doyle over his college years as he begins to build relationships with several colorful characters such as Saul, a homeless book dealer who shows him the ropes and his own brand of street philosophy, and Allyson, a beautiful, struggling actress he carefully begins to pursue and fall for. Doyle begins to find a weird balance and begin to build a home, but the pressure of maintaining his worlds begins to crack the façade and he's forced to confront his past family demons and reconcile the person he wants to be with the person he is. Written by David Spaltro

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Most of the film was shot in a Bushwick Brooklyn loft, recycling and building sets overnight, only weeks before the building was condemned for illegal zoning and all the tenants were evicted. See more »

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Embrace the Fall
8 December 2008 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

Embrace the Fall Here is a film about passion, perseverance, optimism, determination and the ability to overcome the weight of the past. "...Around" is the debut feature from director, David Spaltro -- crafting a truly authentic film that smacks of true life experiences.

We track four years in the life of Doyle Simms (Evans), a young man who escapes a confined, unhealthy existence at home and heads for New York City to attend film school. Those years are filled with hardship and colorful characters.

Doyle makes his way in the world living from credit card to credit card, surviving any way he can, sleeping anywhere he can, meeting anyone he can. His minimal wardrobe includes a pair of Converse sneakers held together with electrical tape.

He meets a streetwise homeless man named Saul, who consistently refers to him as "movie star" while dishing out words of advice.

He also meets a beautiful young woman named Allyson, who seems, for a moment in his life, to be an ultimate destination that he can look forward to.

"...Around" navigates the 4 years of film school and its many ups and downs -- then, in typical indie-flick fashion, gives us a glimpse of an unknown future upon which we can speculate indefinitely.

I was struck by how confident the film was, both in the writing and in the visuals. By most standards today, this film had a shoestring budget. However, it seems way above its pay-grade. There are some gorgeous shots of New York City. Clearly, there is a great affinity for the big apple in this movie.

The performances are stellar. Evans has probably been told a million times that he reminds of Ryan Gosling. Not only is it true in the physical sense -- he has the reserved intensity and the weight of emotion in his facial mannerisms that will demand the comparison. He gives an effort here that works tremendously well for large chunks of the film, although, on occasion, he tries a little too hard to emote.

How is Molly Ryman not a star already? She is gorgeous in ways reminiscent of Monica Potter and Kristen Bell, and she manages to steal most of the scenes in this film with such vivid expressiveness and vital energy. Rarely have I seen such a young actor or actress whose every thought is manifested so clearly. And that is the greatest strength any actor can possess -- the ability to convey thoughts without words. If Ryman gets the right break in the right film... watch out! There are a few small flaws that bugged me during the running time. I was most energetic during the first half of "...Around". That feels like a mistake. Rather than building my interest, I felt it waning. There is a section after Doyle's mother falls ill that really lags -- therefore killing any momentum or inertia that the screenplay had produced.

I also thought that the relationship between Doyle and Allyson develops too slowly in the real timeline of these character's lives. I think we are in year three before they "get together"... and yet it is clear that the attraction is far quicker than that.

Nevertheless, this is a special little film that demands and deserves attention. If you can find it... Watch it. David Spaltro had directed a smart and acutely observational movie that doesn't have an ounce of dishonesty. It is a film that will gnaw at you long after the fade to black. After all, each one of us have difficulties, past and present... It's what we do with the opportunities we have that matters most.

Written by TC Candler


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