Monday, June 3, 2019

International Falls - SIFF 2019 Movie Review

The Movie: International Falls

The Director: Amber McGinnis

The Cast: Rachael Harris, Rob Huebel, Matthew Glave, Kevin Nealon, Erik Griffin

The Story: A wife and mom with secret dreams of being a stand-up comic uses a one night stand with a burned-out touring comedian to face the harsh but funny truths of her failing marriage, neglected aspirations, and individual identity.

The Review:
As this year's festival unfolded, this movie was nowhere near my radar until a friend spoke highly of the acting performances so I figured why not give it a try. As the credits started scrolling on the screen and I started typing this review, I have to say I am in full agreement with my friend. Rachael Harris and Rob Huebel are fantastic in their roles and really sell their characters with an honesty and vulnerability that I wasn't expecting from what seemed like would be a pretty simple comedy film.

While the story is essentially a comedy, and it is very funny, there is a very mature and dramatic tone to the film that, in lesser hands could have come off as just a depressing mess. The pair play off ff each other perfectly and you really understand the struggles they are going through in their respective lives and what that baggage brings to their chance meeting. The magic of the story comes from how the two characters needed to cross paths in order to take a necessary turn in life that they have each been avoiding for years.

International Falls is an official selection of the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.

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TwoOhSix at SIFF 2019

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