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Movies don't need to appeal to Gen-Xers to be successful
I saw "5 to 7" last night at the Landmark E Street theatre in DC. I went into the movie with no expectations, other than knowing the producer's passion for story-telling, and penchant for eschewing conventional commercial movie formulas. I haven't seen an "art house" movie in a long time, or any "indies" either. For whatever reason, I assumed the movie would sit somewhere on the "rom com" spectrum.
I was right, but also very wrong. It captures a poignant, exquisite truth about a time that may have happened in your 20s, when you were still not fully formed emotionally and wondering if your quixotic choice of vocation was sound when POW: a person comes along in your life who validates your path, opens your heart and changes you forever for most of us, I expect, they leave your life, and are replaced by a cascade of episodes that mark your experience with life's most consequential milestones. But while no outward vestige of that person remains, they remain sacred and hidden in a private recess of your consciousness for the rest of your life.
This morning, after seeing the movie, I went to IMDb and read some of the online reviews. One writer commented that the movie is sentimental not something that the Gen Xs, Ys or Zs will see to which I reply: Who cares! Most of the people in the audience were in their 40s and older, slightly tipped in favor of women over men. I was fortunate to attend a screening where the producer and director led a Q&A afterwards. I was surprised that a disproportionate number of questions (all thoughtful) came from the men in the audience. This doesn't happen in your run-of-the-mill "chick flick".
I asked Vic about the evident cord he struck in male moviegoers. He's noticed it too. At every screening where he's given a Q&A, men will come up to him, and share their story of a quintessent early love that shaped their emotional landscape for the rest of their lives.
Too often, the emotional lives of men are cast aside. Most movies don't display emotional truths in the lives of men, or the emotions all of us can feel once our early adulthood becomes a "temps perdu". This movie honors these emotions. I wouldn't expect Gen Xs, Ys or Ys to get it.
My thanks extend to the filmmakers for bringing such a marvelous film to market. I'm now going to see more Indies.
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