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Collaborator (2011)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 13 July 2012 (Canada)
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A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.

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Robert Longfellow
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Alice Longfellow
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Betty
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Maurice LeFont
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Irene Longfellow
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Robert Longfellow is a playwright whose latest play in New York City has just bombed while his marriage is in no better shape. Seeking an escape, he travels back to Los Angeles to visit his mother, meet a dear secret girlfriend and decide on new writing opportunities. However, everything changes when his brutish childhood neighbor, Gus, takes Robert hostage with the police surrounding the house. In this situation, the strained conversations inside drift to Robert's profession and the nature of creative writing. To placate Gus, Robert introduces him to improvisational dialogue and the pair engage in some dramatic exercises. However as they perform, the material becomes more personal as the trapped pair confront each other with hard truths that will leave neither of them unscathed. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Slow start
23 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a playwright who is tired of the NY scene. He's not into living in LA either even thought his family is there. He takes a break in his childhood home with his mom. Gus Williams (David Morse) is the lifelong next door neighbor. He's 57, a drunk, in and out of prison, and still lives with his mom.

Both of these actors are well seasoned. I was hoping for a lot more. However this feels like a writing exercise from writer/director Martin Donovan. This does improve when the actors are in the house together. The energy and the tension picks up a bit. I wish there was less time spent on the introduction. It's not really necessary. This movie works best as a 2-man play.


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