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Jeannette (Pamela Holden Stewart) is an aging divorced French 'writer' who has moved to upstate New York to a beautiful home to drink, lives with an HIV-positive African American painter Martin (Wayne Lamont Sims), a disillusioned gay man who has retreated from the artistic and emotional pains of Paris. The two care for each other, two isolated souls in mutual need of understanding. Into this snowy solace comes Jeannette's daughter Sierra (Margaret Burkwit), whom Jeannette has not seen in years having left her with her father at the time of an early divorce suffering the anger of the estrangement and distance, and Sarah's new husband Andrew (Darien Sills-Evans) a handsome African American law student from a wealthy family. Jeannette demands they stay until the weekend when Jeannette will throw a big reception party for the newly wedded couple. At a dinner party for a 'potential lover' for Jeannette all of the underpinnings of the drama become evident. Nothing is as it seems: every character has secrets and lies that gradually and painfully surface and change the story in surprising ways.Read more ›
This is a vastly more compelling and interesting film than any summer blockbuster I have ever seen, made for any amount of money. Consider that this film was made on a reported shoestring, and it's impressiveness becomes even more apparent.
The settings and scenes, snowy woods and wooden living rooms and bedrooms make for a satisfyingly understated drama that adds to the effect and covers some occasional imperfections that are barely worth mentioning.
But mention, I shall. Some acting and interaction is less convincing than I would have liked, and some scenes could have surely benefitted from another take. The sound, too, is muddy, and words are occasionally indistinguishable from background noises. I also don't think, from a writing perspective, that it was necessary or that it added impact that one of the men was HIV+. I think we had enough going on here and had covered sufficient issues that it was "over the top" to add this in addition to everything else. I have seen and heard more convincing and better flowing dialog than this, but it wasn't really a problem.
All in all, I'd say this is a thoughtful and interesting and topical film that barely spends a minute before the surprises start hitting you, and they never stop. Add to that wonderful sets and settings, likeable characters (mostly) and lots of drama. This movie sets a pace that not many can match.
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Saw this movies years ago when pepole really was not into gay films this is a good movie makes u sit back and thinkPublished on May 27, 2013 by D. Hayes
I came across this movie, back in the summer of 2006.It was in the previews of a DVD i was watching. Usely some previews are better than movies or vise or versa. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by john
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