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The film centers around a young women (Anna Margaret Hollyman) obsessed with all forms of technology and how things work. She seems less connected, however, with human interactions and the complexities of her own personal life. As she discovers that she is pregnant, she is completely ill-equipped to deal with the news and seemingly ambivalent about the prospect of being a mother. In order to understand her own feelings, she embarks on a road trip to reunite with family and ultimately come to grips with a mother who abandoned her and moved completely off the grid. The trip is pleasant and amusing, at first, but the encounters become increasingly honest and candid.Read more ›
Couple of comments: first, this is the debut feature length film from writers-directors Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson. It seems that they found something off-beat and quirky which they felt comfortable with, as Sarah is preparing for motherhood but feeling disconnected/numb. Second, lead actress Anna Margaret Hollyman carries this movie on her shoulders. She oozes charm from start to finish, while portraying doubting Sarah with verve and determination. Third, this is as much a road movie as it is a character study or examination of pending motherhood. The movie flies by in no time, and in fact I was amazed when the end credits star started rolling. It’s over already? Bottom line: this movie is as quirky as it is loveable, and I am quite certain that you will enjoy this.
This movie was released on DVD in 2012 by the good folks at Film Movement. As usual. the DVD comes with a bonus shortie, but this time we get a super-treat, not one but two shorties. The first one is “Head Stand”, Lisa Robinson’s debut short (2000 release; 9 min.), a B&W about a woman trying to do a yoga stand on her head.Read more ›
The film follows a young woman named Sarah Sparks (a breakout role for Anna Margaret Hollyman) who discovers that she's pregnant along with boyfriend Leon (Andre Holland). Leon couldn't be more excited about the news, but Sarah's feelings are less apparent than her interest in the different gadgets in the doctor's examination room.
Sarah is a very lovable and relevant character with some nerdy appeal. She reflects today's techno-savvy independent woman wrapped in a cute and quirky package. She is a socially relevant and much needed female heroine, much like Lisbeth Salander (except without, you know, all of the violence). Sarah is what really drew me into the film and kept me watching all the way as I welcomed such a fresh and interesting character, a breath of fresh air for today's films.
The story, while not reinventing the genre as much as the main character, is heartfelt and honest. It follows Sarah as she goes on a journey in search of answers, most importantly from her own estranged mother. She ventures out alone in a mini van in search of her "off the grid" mother. Along the way she meets up with a few characters, from her equally techno-loving father to Leon's pseudo free spirit sister. The trip is full of some great road and desert shots that fit the mood of each step of the adventure perfectly.
All of the characters are well written and likable in their own way.Read more ›
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The central character, Sarah Sparks (beautifully realized by the talented young actress, Anna Margaret Hollyman) is the complete opposite of the technophobe. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by John Bramsen
Small Beautifully Moving Parts
This movie MUST be seen by all young couples dealing with relationships, getting jobs, self-worth, and parenthood. Read more
I caught this film twice in the theater. It is an indie comedy that excels with great characters. It is a road film about a pregnant woman trying to reconnect with family. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Alexander O. Teitz
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