Monday, February 22, 2010
Emily Abt's TOE TO TOE opens; documentarian turns to narrative
Two teens -- one black the other white -- bond and rupture over Lacrosse, school, boys and self-image in documentary filmmaker Emily Abt's new narrative feature TOE TO TOE, with mixed results. Because the girls are played by a couple of vibrant actresses -- Sonequa Martin (shown right, two photos below, and at bottom) as Tasha, and Louisa Krause (three photos below and bottom, right) as Jesse -- the mix pans out a bit more positive than negative.
Ally Walker plays the mom with an impatient conviction, while Leslie Uggams does a crackerjack job with Grandma, bringing a nasty edge, zero tolerance for religion and a slightly foul mouth that light up the proceedings noticeably.
Mean Girls.") No surprise that it's a guy who puts the dent in the twosome's relationship. Silvestre Rasuk (above, left:, who'll remind you of his brother, Victor) plays him with an interesting combination of charm and seeming sweetness that curdles midway along into one of the more unpleasant males to recently jar the screen.
Strand Releasing, opens Friday, February 26, at the Village East Cinema, and perhaps elsewhere in the weeks to come. If not, look for it eventually on DVD.