Laurence Coriat have woven their story into an impressionistic set of scenes that quickly capture us and then slowly build into something so delectable and special and yes, odd, that we're never quite certain what the whole thing is. And yet we love it. And we're lost in it. This is especially true of how the filmmakers and cast manage the "musical numbers," which are not quite like anything I've seen in any other film. Sometimes made from extremely brief snippets, other times lengthy and melodious, the songs -- well-known works by major, popular musicians are sung and played by the cast itself -- weave in and out of the story and are all part of the musical presentation of The Tempest that a free-wheeling instructor (well-played by Minnie Driver) is overseeing.
Aneurin Barnard (below and lately seen in Citadel) further impresses here (and a lovely voice he's got, too!). Every actor, in fact, seems well-chosen and performs quite up-to-snuff.
Robert Pugh, below, who is excellent as the school's stern headmaster, who must suddenly double in the role of Prospero. Mr. Pugh does a lovely job all-round.
Variance Films and running 109 minutes, opens this Friday, March 22, in a limited theatrical run here in New York City at the AMC Loews Village VII and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall 3, as well as in several other major cities. To see all currently scheduled scheduled playdates, cities and theaters, click here, then scroll down.