As the film opens, Jonah and Maggie are in the process of buying their first home, picking out one that feels perfect to start a family. They move in, riding a wave of satisfaction at opening the next chapter in their lives. But it doesn't last. Days after moving in, the newspaper where Jonah works makes job cuts, his position among them. They try to muddle through and hold on to their dream. Maggie picks up a waitressing gig to supplement her daycare job, and Jonah tries desperately to find work and renegotiate the terms of their mortgage, to no avail. And trying to compete in a dying industry and a saturated job market, his opportunities are severely limited. After a particularly humiliating interview and another round of bad news about the mortgage, Jonah is at his wit's end. He heads to the coast to regroup, but never returns home. He is presumed to have drowned while kayaking in the ocean, but no one is certain. Maggie is left to pick up the pieces while weighing her grief, her ...Written by
You can tell from the opening moments that there is an anger and passion driving the film, which is necessary on a film of this scale. Despite it being a smaller movie, the film still manages to be incredibly well shot with striking compositions. It's biggest flaw is its passion for the subject matter, and how it relentlessly moves from one moment to the next. The film, being tight at under 90 minutes, could use more breathing room to let its conflict build to drive the devastation home, but its enthusiasm for the story its telling shows that there's a strong voice at the helm. The good news? Usually films like this are a bit overwrought in its need to get a message across, but the film allows the story to speak for the subject matter rather than blatantly tell you what to think.
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