As a thirty something acting teacher attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, he struggles with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son.
Well-intentioned but misguided filmmaker Ruby White leaves her husband and son in Toronto and embarks on a European film festival tour with her eighteen-year-old daughter, Sara, tagging along as her assistant. Ruby over-shares, doesn't listen and is a bundle of insecurities, inevitably pushing Sara (and the world) away. When criticism from an audience member at a UK screening triggers Ruby to question herself, the mother-daughter relationship melts down. Ruby travels to the next screening in Berlin alone, while Sara visits her cousin in Paris. The malaise and loneliness of being on their own forces both women to confront secrets they have withheld from their loved ones, and make a bold decision before they return home.Written by
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I don't mind low budget films, or even semi-improvised films so I'm not disqualifying the film on those elements but I did end up hating it because it was flat out bad.
The film is about a Canadian director (played by the actual director), who is going on a cross-Europe trip to promote her latest film taking her daughter (the director's actual real life daughter) with her as her paid assistant. At a certain point the daughter, embarrassed by her mother trying to cut loose, ditches her mother to go to Paris while her mother ends up in Germany, desperately trying anything to promote her film.
I read interviews afterwards trying to figure out how this mess of a film got made and apparently it came together very quickly when the director actually was promoting her film. Honestly the slap dash approach really shows in the filmmaking. Neither of the two leads are really strong enough as actresses to be interesting or to have us invest in their characters. And because I was never invested in the characters I never cared about their dilemmas or watching them as they wandered around various European cities.
Even as an experiment in low/no budget filmmaking this was a tedious chore to watch.
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