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The Surface (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 27 June 2015 (USA)
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The struggle of a young man to slowly create his own sense of family.


Michael J. Saul


Michael J. Saul



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hains ... Evan Jones
Michael Redford Carney ... Peter Berg (as Michael Redford)
Nicholas McDonald ... Chris Stentz
Kyle Patrick Darling ... Justin 'Fish' Fishman
Samantha Bowling Samantha Bowling ... Michelle
Jinny Chung ... Amy Chen
Robert E. Weiner ... Harry Berg (as Robert Weiner)
Iva Turner Iva Turner ... Yard Sale Shopper
Koji Niiya ... John the Bartender
Ari David Ari David ... A.J. Party Guy
Devon Walker Devon Walker ... Party Guy
Craig Weiffenbach Craig Weiffenbach ... Angry Pool Man
Gabe White ... Young Peter Berg
Miles Platt ... Mark
Bryson Pitts ... Young Evan


Evan Jones, a child orphan who, for years, was shifted from one foster home to another. Now a disaffected college student, he lives with his wealthy boyfriend, Chris. Their social and financial disparities have made their relationship increasingly volatile despite their mutual love for one another. While sifting through old relics at an elderly man's yard sale, Evan finds an 8mm movie camera. The man offers to teach Evan how to use it if he comes back the following week. Upon returning, Evan meets the man's 43-year-old son, Peter. They strike up a conversation and Peter gives him reels of old 8mm movies that are collecting dust in the garage. The home movies, featuring a young Peter and his boyhood friend touch a nerve with Evan. Their youthful flirtations and tenderness are uncomplicated and pure. Evan begins to live vicariously through the home movies and his friendship with Peter soon turns romantic. Evan's relationship with his boyfriend, Chris splinters as he pushes for greater ... Written by Michael Saul

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Searching for family can take a lifetime.


Drama | Romance


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A little too light and fluffy, but the lead performance is worth the watch...
19 January 2020 | by CelluRobSee all my reviews

Harry Hains' portrayal of "Evan", an orphaned 22 year old is quite sensitive in this melodrama about a lad searching for a sense of identity and for family. He buys an old movie camera and some films and sets about restoring them to discover they are about the family of the man he bought it from. This triggers in him a need for a sort of emotional freedom so he splits from his long term boyfriend and takes up with the son of the man who sold him the camera. It's a good looking, if hardly ground breaking, film that tries to deal with self-appreciation and longing; and it makes a decent fist of it.

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