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Samantha is a schoolteacher lost in the netherworld of her late 20's - no longer young but not yet middle aged. She leaves her long-time boyfriend, who she's been living with in a "brother and sister" relationship for quite some time. Wanting change and searching for an elusive happiness, Samantha strikes out on her own. But she quickly finds the regeneration she seeks can be far from romantic. From the classrooms filled with smiling children, to the crowded bars of Los Angeles, Samantha goes looking for life; its fun, its love, its passion, and its meaning. This is a film about what she found.Written by
Lot 47 Films
"Some Body" is one of the most realistic portrayals of dating (if you can call it that), sexual relationships and loneliness that I've ever seen. The character of Samantha is a standout in relationship-movies simply because she's so flawed and, well, human.
Sam dumps her exceptionally nice boyfriend, Anthony, because she feels that their relationship has become stagnant. She's basically right, but she also reinforces the notion that the more decent the man, the more cruelly women will treat him. Sam then sets out on a sort of quest to find out who and what it is she wants.
Sam is an amazing character because of her imperfections. She loves to party, but always drinks just enough to embarrass herself. She breaks up with Anthony, but then tries to keep him close (and then flips out when he tries to cut her off entirely). She enjoys sex, but gives herself to the wrong kinds of partners. The film crucially does not judge Sam for her promiscuity, it merely observes how her own insecurity leads to mistake after mistake. And yet, it also makes it clear that Sam is not a hopeless case by any means.
Initially, I was afraid that this film's video verity style would be too Indie-gimmicky and distracting. In fact, it has the desired effect of heightening the realism. But the film would not be a success without the outstanding performances of its cast, notably Stephanie Bennett (also co-screenwriter), brilliant as Sam, and Tom Vitorino, perfect as Tony T., one of Sam's hapless suitors. And special geek-kudos to the filmmakers, for using a building about a block away from me as the location for Sam's apartment. ;)
Chances are that "Some Body" will affect you, either because you know someone like Sam, or because you ARE someone like Sam.
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