Meet Daniel Kellam, a twenty-six year old mentally retarded man leading a sheltered life with his police officer brother Alex, and the people who take care of him. Daniel's existence is ...
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Meet Daniel Kellam, a twenty-six year old mentally retarded man leading a sheltered life with his police officer brother Alex, and the people who take care of him. Daniel's existence is simple, revolving around his daily visits to the park and the music he listens to on his portable CD player. His nights are simpler, as he sits in his bedroom surrounded by the things he values the most: his pet goldfish and the musical drawings he hangs on his walls. As Daniel sits there alone, he often hears the quiet notes of a piano drifting through his window as the young woman down the street practices. On a night that would change the rest of his life, Daniel wanders down the street to meet this young woman named Kenna, and to show her that he has written down the music she was practicing. He offers to show her where she's making mistakes, revealing for the first time that despite his handicap, he has an amazing gift. Concerned for him, Kenna tries to convince him to go home, but when her ...Written by
I saw this movie in a theater in upstate New York a couple of years ago with some friends who know the director. I never expect much from lower budget indie flicks, but this one surprised me.
First, the title intrigued me and I wasn't sure how the story was going to support it... I won't give it away here, but when you find out what it means, it's kind of a bittersweet mind-blower. Most of the performances in this film are pretty decent. The main character Daniel, played by the director is performed almost disturbingly well (the character has a mental disability and it's unpleasant to see some of what happens to him). Daniel's brother, who is played by the director's real brother, and the love interest, Kenna, are both performed solidly. There are some performances by secondary characters that are not as strong as these three, but the movie has such a heart to it, it is not hard to overlook the few shortcomings that come along with a limited budget.
The movie doesn't really start slow, but the pace picks up after the first 10 or 15 minutes. Once you start to see the transformation Daniel makes throughout the movie, things get more and more interesting. In fact, I'm not sure why the director doesn't do more acting, or even more directing for that matter. The movie itself looks great. I think it must have been shot on digital, but it looks sharp and the color is vivid.
I wonder if this movie will have the same impact on the smaller screen. It's been a couple of years since I saw it and when I saw it listed here I remembered the experience fondly and with detail. Since it's a smaller movie, I'm assuming that the only place anyone will ever get to see it is on DVD, but if you do get the chance, it's worth checking out. I still remember how pleasantly surprised I was after seeing it, and the whole audience got a surprise that night because there was a Q&A after the show and the director, the DP and some of the cast were there to answer questions from the audience. What a treat.
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