Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 2008. Strike Anywhere, Bandry. Screenplay by Barry Jenkins. Cinematography by James Laxton. Produced by Justin Barber. Music by Greg O’Bryant, Mondo Boys. Film Editing by Nat Sanders. Gotham Awards 2008. Independent Spirit Awards 2008. Toronto International Film Festival 2008.
The morning after two people meet at a raucous party and then spend the night together, they wake up to find themselves slightly jarred by the sobriety of morning light. He (Wyatt Cenac) is still interested, while she (Tracey Heggins) gives him a fake name and leaves before he has a chance to really find out about her. Thankfully, she leaves her wallet in his cab which allows him to find her at home and convince her to spend the weekend together. This quiet, simple charmer lacks the immediacy of emotion that it wants to portray—both actors are wonderfully appealing but don’t have a superb amount of chemistry between them—but it is sweet and endearing and the dialogue is excellent. The washed-out photography gives it an elegance, and the outstanding performances by the two leads carry the simple plotting along with ease.