comedy/thriller, THE HAPPY HOUSE. Slow and quiet is not necessarily a negative, however, even for a movie that includes a madman with an ax. You'll have to tamp down those expectations somewhat and give over to the plodding pacing, but once you do, there are a few surprises, a lot of charm and some teeny-weeny jolts in store.
director/editor, D.W. Young, turns out to be the fellow who first made me aware of just how unusual and worthwhile were many of the films distributed by First Run Features, the company that is releasing this movie and so many others that TrustMovies has viewed and loved over the past few years. Back in 2008 I took a chance on Young's first documentary, A Hole in a Fence, and was blown away by it -- the concept and the execution. (That early review on this blog can be found here.) That's when I first looked into FRF's catalog and realized that I had already seen a number of its excellent and unusual titles and perhaps should be seeing even more. So, thank you, Mr. Young, for that gift.
Ten Little Indians and wanted to replicate it. But, no, that's not it, either. Young is after something quirkier, I think, a kind of relationship rom-com meets the man of your worst nightmare, with a whole group of off-the-cuff-and-off-the-wall characters bounding around the periphery.
FRF and running just 80 minutes, opens today in New York City (at the Cinema Village) and next Friday, May 10, at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, as part of this theater's spring Independent Film Showcase.