Small Beautifully Moving Parts
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Sarah Sparks is pregnant and feeling wholly uncertain, despite her boyfriend's pure enthusiasm. A committed tech-geek, she fears she is more interested in ultrasound technology than in what's being ultra-sounded. When her sister lures her to L.A. for what ends up being a terrorizing baby shower, Sarah keeps her rental van and hits the road in search of the source of her anxiety: her estranged mother, now living off the grid. Small, Beautifully Moving Parts takes a comic and poignant look at one woman's coming-of-parenthood in the internet age.
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This movie MUST be seen by all young couples dealing with relationships, getting jobs, self-worth, and parenthood. Moreover, those who are interested in assisting young film makers develop will smile and reach for their checkbooks to further undergird the work of these deserving young women whose movie has already won some notable world-wide awards (see DVD packaging).
The commitment of the writers drew the participation of several big-name stars, but the entire cast plays the roles with clear emotion as they create a young woman struggling to commitment herself to attain her goals.
I saw it on the big screen and on DVD--I am committed to supporting them: join me!
It's a charming conceit that opens up the possibility of some very funny scenes (I won't spoil them here).
The only thing is that the film is too short; I wanted more. On the other hand, how many times have I sat through a movie I thought could and should have been shortened by at least 30 minutes? Better to leave the audience wanting 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. The other one is “The Failure of Pamela Salt”, Annie Howell’s debut short (2001 release; 23 min.), about a failed med school student returning home only to find out that her neighbor’s 11 yr. old kid is a sing-and-dance whiz kid. Just watch! Meanwhile, “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts” is a worthy addition to Film Movement’s ever-growing library of foreign and indie movies.
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. You get a certain feeling when watching a movie such as this, which compares drastically to the feeling when watching a Hollywood dramedy. The film is funny, but doesn't rely on jokes or punchlines. It's funny, as it is heartwarming, because of the situations and how the characters interact. It's that slice of life aspect that I love about these types of films and I certainly got that feeling with Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.
The filmmakers did a great job of doing what they set out to do with as little nonsense as possible. The film never has a dull or boring moment, which road-themed movies can often fall victim to. One need not be interested in parenthood to enjoy this flick, but only be interested in real and sometimes zany characters finding some answers in their lives.
Source: criticnic.com 18-September-2012
Disclosure: Film sent by Film Movement
Anna Margaret Hollyman is a comedic joy to watch. She is sympathetic and loving in some of the most impossible of situations. Her character's tech savy approach to life is blunted by life in hilarious ways.
I enjoyed this film both times I saw it and look forward to watching it again.