web analytics
Home » Movie Reviews » 'Movement and Location': Film Review

'Movement and Location': Film Review

Movement And Location Still - H
Courtesy of Harmonium Films

The Bottom Line

This low-key sci-fi feature boasts a terrific performance by Bodine Boling

Opened

Sept. 18 Harmonium Films

Cast

Bodine Boling, Catherine Missal, Brendan Griffin, David Andrew MacDonald, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Haile Owusu, John Dapolito

Director

Alexis Boling

Time travelers from the future make new lives for themselves in present-day Brooklyn in Alexis Boling’s sci-fi drama.

Reminiscent of John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet, Alexis Boling's low-budget sci-fi drama uses its high concept–of time travelers from the future landing in modern-day Brooklyn–to make incisive observations about relationships and identity. Scripted by and starring the director's wife Bodine Boling, Movement and Location is an intriguing, offbeat surprise that, while unlikely to find commercial success, serves as an excellent calling card for its creative duo.

Making good use of its Brooklyn locations, the film revolves around 30-year-old Kim (Boling) who, for reasons left unexplained, has arrived in Brooklyn from 400 years in the future, in effect making her an illegal immigrant. She's carved out a life for herself, working for a homeless outreach organization and sharing an apartment with her roommate (Ana Margaret Hollyman) who's frequently puzzled by Kim's detached strangeness.

Read More Netflix's 'Beasts of No Nation Getting U.K. Theatrical Release

Kim's life gets shaken up with the arrival of the teenage Rachel (Catherine Missal), a presumed runaway who Kim soon deduces is a fellow time traveler. After a pair of beat cops asks her and her colleague (Haile Owusu) to help the young girl, Kim secretly Rachel move in while simultaneously beginning a relationship with one of the cops, Rob (Brendan Griffin), that reawakens her emotional and sexual life.

The feisty new arrival is intent on shaking things up. "I want to tell the world why we're here," she announces to Kim, who replies, "I really wish you weren't 15."

Kim's delicate juggling act becomes even more difficult when Rachel begins hanging out with a middle-aged homeless man, Paul (David Andrew MacDonald), who, in one of the screenplay's more blatant contrivances, turns out to have a previous connection to Kim.  

Giving short shrift to its science fiction angle—we never learn much about the society Kim and her cohorts come from, or why they were sent to the past–the film is slightly too low-key and slow-paced.  But it features many resonant moments, largely supplied by Boling's affecting performance as the futuristic woman who tentatively but joyfully embraces an emotional and physical connection in her new home.

Read More Oscars: Lebanon Selects 'Void' for Foreign-Language Category

And there are some very funny moments too, such as when the trio from the future goes out for their first meal in a restaurant together, with Paul asking, "Wasn't bacon a nice surprise?"

It was, and so is this film.

Production: Harmonium
Cast: Bodine Boling, Catherine Missal, Brendan Griffin, David Andrew MacDonald, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Haile Owusu, John Dapolito
Director/director of photography: Alexis Boling
Screenwriter/editor: Bodine Boling
Producers: Alexis Boling, Bodine Boling, Serena Hudson
Production designer: Sara Walsh
Costume designer: Lindsay Kleinman
Composer: Dan Tepfer

Not rated, 93 min.   

 

Source link

x

Check Also

'The Paradise Suite': TIFF Review

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival The Bottom Line Forceful moments of filmmaking illuminate an overly ornate narrative Venue   Toronto Film Festival (Discovery) Cast Anjela Nedyalkova,Issaka Sawadogo, Jasna Djuricic Director Joost van Ginkel Exploitation of the innocents is the common denominator of multi-character Euro stories It takes some narrative pushing and pulling to make six ...