It's a tremendous challenge for any film director and/or screenwriter to create a complete indie short film with, a beginning, a middle and an end with beautiful arcs for all its characters in just eleven minutes. But that's just what Gregory G. Allen does with his first film Mother. Add to that challenge, he takes the risk in that short period of time, to jump back and forth within time, so that we see our main character as a young boy, a teenager and then a young adult. And each transition is so organic that his end result feels seamless. Addiction and self-destructiveness can be tricky material to play with but because Allen's choices and direction come from a place of truthfulness, it doesn't feel cliché or "done before." The entire cast: Beth Baur, David Skyler, Michael Nigro and Ari Gelman are all perfectly cast. And Allen's minimalist script combined with Rob Moretti's editing and Jeff Turick's direction of photography makes for one stunning debut for this first time filmmaker.
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