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The Off Hours (2011)

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A waitress working the night shift at a roadside diner in a small, industrial town becomes intrigued by a charming truck driver, while the diner's owner struggles to keep his dwindling business afloat.

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Francine
Alice Bridgforth ...
Bernadette
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Stu
Gergana Mellin ...
Jelena
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Oliver
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Ty
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Corey
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Mandy
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Eliza Jakupcak ...
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Madeline Anderson ...
Jenny (as Madeline Elizabeth)
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Danielle
Ron Carrier ...
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You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping by at 70mph. You see dusk and dawn everyday because they happen on your way to a time clock and then to a bed. Your off hours are spent trying to figure out why you're here, whether you want to stay, and how to leave. Written by The Off Hours

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Worth a watch.
18 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday at a festival, and felt compelled to write a review after seeing the HD trailer on youtube overtaken by trolls and receiving some rather undeserving comments. So here's a short list of what I made of it:

Pros:

  • solid acting/directing


  • lilting, atmospheric and overall beautiful soundtrack


Cons:

  • most movie-goers may find the pacing a tad slow to the point of being
boring; story is barely kept moving by events which do not culminate into anything huge or dramatic

Other notes (good or bad, these are probably a matter of personal taste):

  • film permeated by a low-budget, moody, night-lit feel, a world of
twilight hours and rain-streaked highways, drifters and vagabonds, stagnant coffee, greasy gasoline, and illicit love

-actors/actresses/director unfamiliar but good

  • one could argue that the film is made up of a series of character
vignettes; plot is entirely character-driven as opposed to story-driven

  • characters are neither entirely sympathetic nor hateful; life for
them simply seems seeped in a dull, sluggish immobility. Who they are and the lethargy of their lives mold the film and pacing throughout.

That's all I can think of for now.

To conclude, I personally didn't find the movie very depressing at all, even though the characters are all down-and-out types suffering from this-or-that problem, and the ending is actually a hopeful one. Overall I liked it. So for those with an open mind, or if you're into mood pieces, I would recommend this for you, and if you were unsure about watching this possibly after seeing nasty comments about it elsewhere, I hope my review will help you to make a more reasoned decision.

6.8 to 7.5-ish/10 for me.


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