Anna and Paul at the library. Photo by Brandy Sadovnikova.
This is a story of the mysterious force that fuels attraction and desire, success and vitality, that elusive 'je ne sais quoi'. Some have it, some don't, and Paul, an unpredictable loner, falls into the latter category. A frustrated creative living a dead end life, Paul is at odds with everything in his environment and with himself. When he reaches out to Anna, a seemingly kindred spirit who lives across the hall, could things be changing for him? With a distinctive sharp wit and visual expression, the film explores the complexities of 21st century relationships and the fine line between acceptance of others and settling for less.
The film is inspired by diverse works, such as Mike Leigh's 'Naked', Eric Rohmer's 'Six Moral Tales', Jean Eustache's 'The Mother and the Whore' and Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Nobody Knows'. Written and directed by first-time feature director John Koch, the film also features the talents of two individuals who are award-winning filmmakers in their own right. Lead actor Dave Andrae, who plays the role of Paul, won the 'Best Experimental Film' award at the 8th Boston Underground Film Festival, and also participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006. Greg Yolen, the film's cinematographer, won a Kodak Vision Award at Slamdance for his camera work on the award winning train-hopping documentary 'Long Gone'. The film is shot on DVCPRO50 video, and features an unconventional visual style, experimenting with color, selective focus, and unorthodox framing and editing.
"Every member of the cast was a customer of (Cinema Revolution), and most of the crew as well, yet the results are impressively professional...The film is driven by tart, smart dialogue and fine naturalistic performances that make every player seem as familiar as a face you see every day at the coffee shop."
(three of our four stars)
Colin Covert - Star Tribune
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