A film that contains all the elements that make an excellent indie movie:
1. Simple but interesting concept- A man receives a phone call from a complete stranger, has phone sex and forms an unique and close relationship with this stranger.
2. Indie Soundtrack- Bands such as Grizzly Bear (who also contributed music to 'Blue Valentine'), Deer Tick, Kevin Drew and others. Though you may have never heard of some of these bands their music is used to such great effect you'll be hunting them down to hear more.
3. Great performances from unknowns- Brian Geraghty plays the lead and gives a great performance, genuinely looking uncomfortable in his own skin he completely sells his character and the rest of the cast was great aswell (especially the protagonists brother who I will be keeping an eye on his career)
4. Feeling Real- The characters emotions and responses feel natural and realistic. A highlight is a scene where the character's play two truths and a lie and their reactions and responses in this tense scene play out in a way you would never see in a mainstream Hollywood film.
The film starts as a road movie and this features some of the best moments, the natural real locations, the framing of the American wilderness passing buy and small towns is so great that in the second half when it stops being a road movie you miss this.
The climax didn't quite work for me but it's based on a true story so I guess they couldn't really change the ending.
An excellent indie movie well worth hunting down, minor issues such as the ending and it's abandoning the road movie structure are not necessary bad but for me on a personal level they just didn't work. However, like all the best indie movies it will speak to each person differently depending on their own experiences, I loved it and would recommend to anyone seeking an interesting American Indie drama.