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Things I Don't Understand (2012)

 -  Drama  -  31 October 2013 (USA)
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Grad student dealing with eviction in Brooklyn forms a cathartic relationship with a local bartender hiding his own secrets and a terminally ill hospice patient she's interviewing for her thesis on what happens after we die.



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Credited cast:
Violet Kubelick
Parker McNeil
Sara Lowe
Dr. Anne Blankenship
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanessa Altshuler ...
HR Lady
NDE #2
Mike Britt ...
Big Felix
Sloss the Lawyer
Hugo Dillon ...


The story follows Violet Kubelick, a brilliant young grad student studying near-death experiences and her recent withdrawn, closed-off behavior after a mysterious, failed suicide attempt. She and her two artist-roommates are forced by financial matters to finally confront their fears and step out of the protective bubble they've created for themselves in their Brooklyn loft while Violet herself forms a cathartic relationship with a young, terminally ill girl in a hospice she is interviewing for her thesis. A story of changing, relationships, love, life and what comes after we die Written by David Spaltro

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Thoughtful exploration: What happens when we die? What should be happening now?
13 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a thinking person's film that deals with raw, fundamental questions we all face:

What happens when we die? What should I be doing now? Why do I feel so all alone? What should I do with my life?

The film's set in New York City and has a very New York City vibe. Although this film will appeal to all adults, there are only two people in this film over thirty: the protagonist's therapist and the local barfly (there for comedy relief).

The story is about Violet, product of a broken home, desperately lonely, trying to feel something (anything), and more than a little self-destructive. She lives with a gay, French punk rocker and a blonde, new age, militant fem. They live above a bar and Violet has a crush on the bartender. It's all very sophisticated in a way that speaks to any urban scene, but perhaps New York more than any other.

Violet contemplates the meaning of life, loneliness, and death while getting drunk, stoned, and laid. She's attempted suicide. She's in therapy. Her apartment's being sold and she and her merry post-modern group have to come up with $20K or leave. Then Violet starts having conversations with a young, dying woman at a hospice.

What's it all mean? See the movie. Highly recommended.

By the way, I saw this movie through the Camera Cinema Club in San Jose.

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