In the latest stunner by the team behind the Academy Award-winning short Curfew, a married couple's bubble of suburban normality is punctured when they find a surprise inside their toddler's teddy bear.
On the brink of demise, self-destructive Richie has sadly reached the lowest point in his life, and now, he desperately wants out. However, nothing is over yet, as an unexpected call from Richie's estranged sister, Maggie, will offer a helping hand, and perhaps, a new meaning in life, even though it is only a fleeting one. Strange as it may seem, although Richie is the last person she would ever call, Maggie, distraught, still needs his help to look after her young daughter, Sophia, for the night. Little by little, as the two alienated relatives timidly reconnect under New York's silvery night lights, a subtle and delicate relationship will form. Could it be the beginning of a new reality? Written by
Originally, a different song was meant to be featured in the bowling alley scene. The scene was choreographed with that song as basis. However, the artist wouldn't agree to give the rights for the song to be used in the film, so at the last minute, Shawn Christensen had to write and record a new one to be used as a replacement, while keeping up with the tempo of the scene. See more »
Here's a list of appropriate places you're allowed to take me. If you take me somewhere that is not on the list there'll be hell to pay. Here's some money for you to spend on me and on me only. If you spend it on anything else - like drugs - there'll be hell to pay. You're not allowed in the apartment until you drop me off at ten-thirty.If I'm not back home by ten-thirty on the dot, there'll be hell to pay.
Well, I'm glad we got that out of the way. My name is Richard and I am your uncle.
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Any other year, this film would be a STRONG contender for the Oscar.
I just got back from seeing the five Oscar-nominated live action shorts and was pleasantly surprised. After seeing a mediocre batch of animated shorts yesterday, I was so happy to see that the live action films are among the very best I've ever seen nominated.
I really enjoyed "Curfew" and it sure had a lot to like. Nevertheless, I think it's definitely a long-shot to get the Oscar simply because two other films ("Henry" and "Death of a Shadow") are perfect--among the two best short films I have ever seen. They just blow away the competition--but I would hate to see "Curfew" lost in the process. The quirky story was terrific but I really, really liked the acting--particularly Fatima Ptacek--who had one of the best child performances I've seen in years! The film starts on a VERY dark note. Richie is in the midst of committing suicide when he gets a phone call from his estranged sister--she is in a bind and no one can watch her child, Sophia, and she begs Richie to watch her. But, since Richie is a drug-using loser, she sets some VERY specific rules for the evening. Where it all goes from there, you'll just have to see for yourself. The film is ALMOST funny--but also darkly tragic and touching--a difficult sort of path, but the film succeeded in doing this. But THE reason to watch it is Ptacek--who gave a performance that reminds me, a bit, of McCauley Culkin in "Uncle Buck". I can't wait to see more from this kid--I just hope she keeps her head on straight when all the offers start pouring in--and they are sure to. Well worth seeing.
UPDATE: In keeping with my usual track record with predicting Oscar winners from this category, I was wrong about "Curfew" as it DID win! I am glad I am not a betting man!
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