Loved this complex film! The characters grapple with deep emotions as their tales unfold. The histories that emerge from the main characters are haunting. Chicago natives will especially appreciate the beautifully shot scenes that capture the city. Locals will notice great captures from throughout the city and its neighborhoods. Great acting and editing. Difficult stories are told with compassion and depth. The characters feel and look like real people with real struggles. It will resonate with anyone who has looked for connection and meaning after facing a challenging time. Independent film at its finest!
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A desperate man places a bizarre classified ad to end his life, but a strange turn of events occurs when an aimless girl decides to answer. As their lives collide, they realize the smallest choices can be the difference between life and death.
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Compelling characters, beautifully shot scenes
Two complex characters demonstrate through colliding worlds that struggles can bring people together from all walks of life. In despair, unexpected connections can come, throwing a life line. Humans are hard wired to fight to survive. A moving story that inspires hope.
Alex/October is an emotional drama inflected with genuine comedy exchanges, set in a bleak Chicago winter. This indie gem was the equal of a major studio release.
It is the story of two misfits at stages of crisis in their lives. Alex is a self-destructive recovering alcoholic on the precipice of slipping back because of a family tragedy that cannot be put right. And October is in the throes of a quarterlife impasse having been pushed to the brink because of a history of parental neglect.
The stunner in this film: the depth of the on-screen performances.
Brad Hunt (Alex) recalled for me Casey Affleck's Oscar winning turn In Manchester by the Sea. He brings to this story - in an wholly original way - the heartbreak of a father who suffers in his inability to reverse his personal history. Both heart breaking and yet thrilling to witness as his life falls apart, Alex struggles to keep his family together. And we empathize with that. Brad Hunt connected with every parent's unspoken fear of failing his children. Stunning. His counterpart October, actress Tara Shayne, is a young woman that crashes into his life in what seems at first a perverse prank but becomes a heartfelt connection. She helps him find his way with a sly chemistry in intuitive moments of connection that creates a bond between them and propels the narrative. Together, the platonic relationship they illuminate onscreen is rare and true. And as we come to understand - desperately necessary for their survival. Credit producer Lisa Freberg and director Josh Hope for sterling choices in bringing this story to an audience. In a theatre or at home on a streaming platform, I hope the public at large will be able to discover this special film someday soon.
- Frank Tammariello.