Lascaux Films, Latitude Productions, Revelations Entertainment,

Michael Cristofer, Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon, Claire van der Boom, Korey Jackson, Carrie Preston, Sterling Jerins, Josh Pais, Miriam Shor, Alysia Reiner

Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex Carver (Morgan Freeman) have been married for over 40 years. Most of their married life they have lived in a walk-up apartment in Brooklyn, and the 5th floor, and without an Elevator. Alex is an artists, and loves his home, but Ruth is worried that they are getting older and sooner or later they won’t be able to climb five flights of stairs and need to find an apartment with an elevator. So with the aggressive help of Aunt Lily Portman (Cynthia Nixon) who is a realtor, the decide to put their apartment up for sale to see what they can get for it. That is Lily and Ruth put it up for sale, as Alex wants nothing to do with it. We’re blessed with Alex’s reminisces of their early life and how they met and fell in love in a series of flashbacks. But several unexpected events makes it as though fate is out to destroy everything. This is a touching “elders” film that is really well done and right on point.

This movie has the feel of a stage play in the way it tells the story. IT feels very unscripted, although it is based on a novel, but it’s the skill of the primary actors, Diane and Morgan and Cynthia Nixon are really talented actors, and they just work together in one of the most comfortable and believable stories I’ve seen in a long while. I would suspect anyone who like character driven films would love this movie and appreciate its charm, but it’s perfect for those of us around retirement age as we realize the problems and troubles they experience are very similar to our lives. Ruth was a free and easy flower child in her youth, and her decision to enter into an interracial marriage in those times was pure grit and stubbornness. It’s fascinating to see how it has morphed into today, when they’re both elderly and to see how it worked out and how much they care for each other, but still have issues today, even though much less that earlier days. There is a side story about their only child, their dog Dorothy who has grown old with them and has serious problems of her own. Facing her crisis and in turn facing their own mortality is a very pleasant and touching story in itself. This is a slow and steady character piece without a lot of action, and yet it’s very suspenseful at the same time and you can’t wait to find out how it’ll end up. This is a really wonderful story told in the charm of New York City, by terrific actors, and is well worth watching. What a nice experience it was to watch this story.

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Varient, Busted Buggy Entertainment,

Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Cristofer, Talia Balsam, Ana Mulvoy Ten

Alice is a 26 year old woman who works for a publishing company. She’s struggling with writer’s block and is not really able to handle relationships and finds herself a loner. When she is given the assignment to assist with the publishing of a novel for a well known writer, Milan Daneker (Michael Nyqvist), she recognizes him as an adult who molested her 15 years earlier, using her life and experiences as the main character in his first novel. She obviously has not dealt with the issue, and it seems to be the root of all the conflict and problems in her life, so 15 years later she is about to confront him with what he has done and make him own up to it.

This is a very interesting drama with quite a unique look at this kind of situation where an adult in a parental type relationship misuses and abuses a young person for their own personal gain. The story is told as a dual story showing us the young Alice (played remarkably by Ana Mulvoy Ten) and the older, still messed up Alice of today in a series of flashbacks to help us understand the entire story. It is hard to watch, as you want to reach through the screen and strangle this low life poor excuse of a human being, but yet you can see how it happened. Striving for success as a writer while destroying a young person’s life is inexcusable, but we try to see how it happened. Though not graphic, but very jarring, the subject is handled very tastefully. One of the nicer things of the film is that we don’t get to see the future and how it all works out, so we’re left with the hope that Alice somehow will be able to put this all behind her and move on. This is written very well, and the primary characters are very well developed. Though it’s hard to watch, you’ll find it interesting in a forbidden sort of way like an auto accident, you won’t want to watch, but you can’t help yourself. I think they did a very good job on this film, and it was disconcerting to watch, but gave me a lot to think about. Very well done. It was a pleasant surprise to find this film.

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