REFUGE, the 2012 movie that's finally opening theatrically this week, is a smart, sweet film but not a great one. But so well-acted is it, with an abundance of excellent dialog and a situation so fraught as to grab us by the collar and not let go for all of its 84-minute running time, that I suspect you'll be happy to settle for simply a "good" film.
Brian Geraghty, above, right) who looks to be something of a drifter, as he comes on to a pretty young woman, Amy (Krysten Ritter, above, left), who then takes him home. Their lovemaking is interrupted by her physically handicapped brother, Nat (Logan Huffman), and before we can say, "Oh, boy -- this girl has a lot on her plate," we're hooked. And so, perhaps is that drifter. And we haven't yet met the family's sad, self-abusive younger sister (Madeleine Martin). Based upon a play of the same name by Jessica Goldberg (shown above), Refuge so quickly and firmly places us in the company of people we like and root for that we don't need a whole lot of melodrama to keep us interested.
Strand Releasing, opens this Friday in New York City at the Village East Cinema and next Friday, April 4, in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset 5.