- Actors: Brian Geraghty, Kel O'Neill, Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Jenna Gavigan
- Directors: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Axiom Films
- DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
- Run Time: 96 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004C9MCMO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,307 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Following his critically acclaimed performance in the Oscar winning 'The Hurt Locker', Brian Geraghty delivers a mesmerising turn in Kyle Patrick Alvarez s provocative debut feature film, Winner of Best New International Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival and multiple awards internationally. On a road trip across middle-town America Davy Mitchell s life takes an unexpected turn when he is seduced into a phone sex relationship with a mysterious caller named Nicole.
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PROCEED ONLY IF YOU ALREADY KNOW OR WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS MOVIE ENDS.
That's its first big flaw. This movie forces a conscientious reviewer to reveal the ending because it presents itself dishonestly as a gently romantic and sensitive character study when it's really a thriller. The ending betrays a viewer who has fallen under its sensitive, romantic spell with a shocking twist at the end. That is certainly a novel approach in movie-making, but it's also mean-spirited - almost as bad as secretly rewriting Winnie-the-Pooh so that it ends with Christopher Robin being gang-raped, but not warning parents before they read the book to their children.
This is as good a place as any to deal with the often-repeated excuse "But it's a true story!", because that's a lie. Even if the Davy Rothbart story the movie is based on is completely true (and there's good reason to doubt that), this movie distorts his story. (You can still read it on the GQ website, as I did; it's a badly-written and annoying story, by the way - hardly worth making into a movie.)
In the story, Davy had already suspected that "Nicole" might be a man, but he was having fun so he kept playing the phone-sex game. He was savvy and worldly, not at all the totally clueless, paralyzingly shy man the Davy in the movie is. It is unforgivable for the movie to create such a helpless, hopeless, rawly vulnerable character and then rip his slowly emerging, microscopic hopes to shreds the way this horrible movie does.
That's its second big flaw. It creates a preternaturally innocent, naive and vulnerable protagonist and then brutalizes him for entertainment.
The third, and to me the most unforgivable, flaw in this offensive movie is that the horror at the end of the tunnel is the fact that "Nicole" is really a gay man. Aaron is a man almost as shy and vulnerable as Davy is, but he's as unattractive as Davy is adorable. Davy is enormously appealing in his innocence and his sweet vulnerability - but Aaron is just a sleazy, lying, slimy creep.
Being gay is wonderful. I love it. I wouldn't be straight if you gave me a billion dollars. So having the monster who suddenly punches you in the gut at the end of a "heartwarming" movie be a gay man is deeply insulting. And then to have him be a creep, a pervert, a disgusting loser - in sharp contrast to Davy's charming, heartwarming (and straight!) loser - makes the insult even more appalling.
I cannot imagine what kind of person likes this movie. Certainly not any gay person; or any shy person, gay or straight; or anyone who cares about shy or gay people. The only audience I can imagine for this movie is severely abused women serving life sentences for murdering their abusers. They might be able to identify with the Davy this movie creates and then savages for entertainment by revealing that his secret love is a gay creep.
Don't blame it on Rothbart's story, as dumb and offensive as that story is; blame it on Alvarez's movie, which is far worse.
seen before, told in a bold and honest way, and willing to deal with complex emotions and no answers.
It all starts when a painfully shy, introverted writer on a pathetic book tour(accompanied by his brother) gets what seems to be a wrong number
call from a sexy sounding strange woman that morphs into hot phone sex (all in one long multi minute take).
The odd development of this intense and mysterious ongoing phone relationship, and how it effects Davy's lonely life makes up the rest of the
story, often going in delightfully or disturbingly unexpected directions (which I won't spoil here).
There are some real weak spots. Some of the actors aren't quite up to the sophisticated subtlety of what Averez is going after. No one is 'bad'
but great actors in certain choice roles could have brought out much more. There also a cinematic cheat that is so obvious, and so central to
the story that it really alienated and angered me at a key moment.
But I'm still glad I saw the film, and I find it resonating with me the next day.
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.