I have to say when i was first asked if I would be interested in taking a look at film that was best described as mumblecore, I really had no idea what that meant so after a quick google “Mumblecore is a subgenre of independent film characterized by naturalistic acting and dialogue (often improvised)”, I now had a grasp of what I had agreed to watch.
The storyline takes place during New Year’s Eve when a group of friends get together at a party hosted by Fiona (Lara Deam) and right from the start there is this incredible feeling of awkwardness which is often the case with friends who haven’t seen each other for some time, but there is also some simmering differences between each of the characters and as the day progresses towards night feelings between the group become a little more frayed.
The actors Sofia (Genya Mik), Zoe (Jess Riley) Summer (Asleen Mauthoor), Lucinda (Whitney Duff) and Taron (Dan Hill) really do a great job on this film bearing in mind most of it is improvised and shot in one night, which I am sure alone created a huge amount of pressure.
As films go I am a little on the fence on this one, the acting was really good but it wasn’t like watching a film, more like watching some part of a reality show which is where I think it somehow gets stuck, because you’re not really investing yourself into it nor it has to be said, does the film draw you in. I think this is where you have to remember that its very much improvised so I am sure there was little time to really think of how this or that is going to impact the viewers experience.
That being said it still has a lot to offer the overall interaction between the group is really brilliant and the fact it was shot in one night off the cuff so to speak, only adds to the professionalism of all involved.Would I watch it again? Probably, not but being honest there are very few low budget films that I could say I would. Did I watch it to the end? Hell yes, it has the reality feel to it that makes you want to see what happens to everyone.
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