Saturday, April 13, 2013
BOB'S NEW SUIT, the film written and directed by Alan Howard (shown below) is that the movie is narrated, not by the titular Bob, but by his new suit. Yes. And it's a stylish Italian model who speaks with the proper accent (no credit is given for the narra-tion, but that voice is quite delightful) and has a lot of clever things to tell us along the way. The suit introduces us to Bob and the rest of the tidy ensemble of characters (each of whom helps bring the movie to fine life) and then explains how it figures importantly in this story.
Robert Redford's just-released The Company You Keep. A theme that both movies deal with is how the past impinges on the present in terms of a Weather Underground type from the 1970s who was involved in an unintentionally violent event and thus had to assume a new identity to escape the law. The event, character and ramifications are given their weight here: Justice, or what passes for it, must be served. But while the movie itself is about a number of other characters and things, it's the idea of identity -- what this means and how one comes to terms with who one really is -- that counts most.
Hunter Bodine, above) is a gardener/handyman living is near-bliss with his girl, Jenny (Hayley DuMond, below), to whom he has just proposed.
Suzie Bodine and John Bennett Perry, both below),
Shay Astar, below, left) going through her own identity crisis, while Jenny has a alcoholic mom ( Robyn Peterson) whom she's written off for good.
Jenny Shimizu, above, right) where Bob's girl works and for whom his sis does the books, and finally Bob's not-too-bright cousin (Charlie Babcock, below, right), who concocts a not-quite-legal scheme that ensnares nearly everyone.
Breaking Glass Pictures and running 97 minutes, is available now on DVD for sale or maybe rental (if only: you can save it to you Netflix and Blockbuster queues but if either will ever actually order it, who knows?) Fortunately, the film has also been made available via VOD just this week....