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The Things We Carry

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When her drug-addict mother dies, Emmie returns home, traveling through the underbelly of suburbia looking for a package her mother has left behind, reconnecting with her estranged sister, Eve, along the way.

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THE THINGS WE CARRY is a fact-based movie about free-spirited Emmie ( Alyssa Lobit) who s forced to deal with painful memories after receiving news about her mother s death. The immensity of the film is told in flashbacks through her point of view and it is through her memories that the audience can visualize how her relationship with her family evolves. The film begins with Emmie in the surroundings she has fashioned for herself. A life filled with boundless independence, freedom and adventure. However, the idealistic life of parties and travels come to a screeching halt when she receives a letter from a guy named Ricky about a mysterious package her mother left behind and an email from her sister. It is at that moment when a conflicted Emmie makes the conscious choice to go home to deal with the life that stifled her for so long and make peace with it. Director Ian McCrudden along with the writer and star of the movie Alyssa Lobit takes you on an extraordinary journey filled with revelations, truths and consequences. What was impressive about this film was how each event unfolded and never disturbed the fluidity. Even though, the film wafted back and forth between the past and the present, the journey remained intact. The filmmakers provided the audience with subtle, yet powerful scenes for the audience to think and draw their own interpretation about what happened in the Roberts household that tore this family apart. It wasn t until scenes with the sisters meeting up for the first time since their mother s death was when this tale truly began. Alyssa Lobit (Emmie) and Catherine Kresge (Eve) did a wonderful job portraying the two sisters who dealt with their mother s sickness in different ways that ultimately drove them to make life-altering decisions. Lobit s understated and nuanced performance was what drove this film. Key moments that stand out were mainly the flashback scenes with her mother, Sunny as well as the people she interacted with while searching for her mom s mystery package. The supporting cast brought a wonderful balance of humor and intensity. Leslie and Kim (played by Daniel Zacapa and Ilene Graff, respectively) were standouts as they lightened up this heavy drama with their humor and their love for Sunny. Johnny Whitworth was also noteworthy as the street-smart Jeremiah who helped Emmie on her journey and along the way they made a connection that allowed our protagonist to delve deeper into her psyche and flesh out more childhood memories. The standout in this film would have to be Emmie and Eve s mom, Sunny (played beautifully by Alexis Rhee). In each scene, Rhee owned her role as the unconventional mother whose addiction ultimately drove a wedge between her daughters. She was the vehicle that fueled Emmie s rage and Eve s frustration. Kudos to the writer and the director for fleshing out Sunny through flashbacks to make the audience understand just how much her addiction destroyed this family and also affected every character in this film. Overall, the film is an excellent piece of cinema told in a brutally honest undertone. The message conveyed here is that a majority of us have crosses to bear and things in our past that have been buried. What have we learned from THE THINGS WE CARRY? No matter what spiritual journey one goes through in life, making peace with the past will make for a brighter future. --Jerod Williams - L.A. Splash Magazine

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Product Details

  • Actors: Johnny Whitworth, Marshall Manesh, Alyssa Lobit, Catherine Kresge, Alexis Rhee
  • Directors: Ian McCrudden
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Celebrity Video Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038LN5EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Anon on March 12, 2011
Format: DVD
Truly an amazing movie. The Things We Carry is an independent film about Emmie (Alyssa Lobit) returning back home from traveling around Asia to hear her drug addict of a mother, Sunny, has died. As the film goes on, we learn of Emmie's volatile relationship with her mother and older sister. The flashbacks of Emmie and Sunny's relationship frequent blowups were disturbingly candid. Practically everyone can relate to this movie because of that familiar sense hopelessness when we watch our loved ones destroying themselves (like in this movie, with drugs). All we want to do is help them, but in such a way that reassures them that they are not in this life alone, and shouldn't resume destroying themselves.
What I loved the most about this movie is that it covers an Asian- American family (Korean) where generally having a mental disorder or anything out of the 'ordinary' is never spoken of. If it is mentioned, people gossip about it. I don't understand why it's not allowed to say, "Hey, I have a mother suffering such a mental disorder and is under the influence of drugs. Please STOP exacerbating this issue by gossiping about her!" More movies should talk more about these issues, rather than ignoring it. The movies out there now is about partying and sex. Life isn't all about that; there are people in this world who are struggling with a mental disorder or drugs, but are never covered just because it's such a deep and taboo topic. Well, why? Many who know someone close to them suffering from a disorder can agree that one of the ways to deal with such an immense issue is talking about it. If no one is talking about it, how can we help them?
Hey, everyone has family problems and this film does such a great job of conveying our often irrational blowups with our loved ones.
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We all carry things...this was a beautiful glimpse into what those "things" are for two sisters. Raw and inspiring. Alyssa Lobit's performance and story was touching and deep. When we have an opportunity to see other people's stories, it is a very special thing. I highly recommend watching and listening to this story.
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Intense. Real. Gripping. Relatable. Well written. Visually captivating. This is a wonderful indie flick that pulls you in and really captures the struggles of a family affected by drugs abuse. I found myself relating to its characters and their emotional battles which is always a tell tale sign of an amazing film. This movie definitely pulls on your heartstrings and you come away with the feeling that you've been let in on something very personal and also thinking about how you would feel and act if this story was actually your life. Bravo to everyone involved in this movie!!!
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We can all relate to the differing experiences of siblings, and this film envelopes you with its vision of one family. The characters are brought together, from extremes of steadfast loyalty and adventurous escapism, to pick up the pieces of their shared past. Memories return, the kind which make your chest ache and put a lump in your throat and make you want to scream and cry at the same time. I found it effortless to get into the emotions portrayed, as though I were right there, like an unseen little brother, following Alyssa Lobit as Emmie into scenes both heart breaking and beautiful. Open a bottle of wine, and enjoy a film that might make you want to call your family and catch up.
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I saw this movie at the Boston Asian American Film Festival and fell in love with it right away. The fact that it's based on the actress and producer's real life story is so touching. I related to these people immediately and felt their emotions. Please keep good work like this coming!
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If this movie were Hollywood-ized, it would have been terrible, forgettable, and a flash in the pan. Luckily, the creative team behind this movie stuck to their guns and made a genuine film about grief and two sisters trying to reconnect. What sticks out most is the realism aspect of the drama. A couple minor flaws here and there, but overall it's a beautiful piece and highly recommend you watch it. :-)
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