Boundaries Review - Strong Character Driven Performances Create Indie Gold

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Boundaries from Sony Picture Classics, brings to the screen a story of redemption, of healing, of forgiveness and closure as a daughter and her pot-smoking, dealing father, her son and his collection of unique and slightly odd friends.

Directed and written by Shana Feste, Boundaries stars Christopher Plummer, Vera Farmiga, Lewis MacDougall, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda, Bobby Cannavale and Kristen Schaal.

Boundaries begins with a pan of a new day as the camera captures the house full of rescue strays, dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, all waking before Laura, played by Vera Farmiga, and her son, Henry, played by Lewis MacDougall.

When we meet Laura, she is having a sleepover on a school night which means that she, her lover, and her son are all stepping over the myriad of maimed, crippled and rescued strays in an effort to get to work, school and meetings on time.


Adrift Review - Four Stars For At Sea Survival Story


Henry, a gifted caricature artist, has a parting gift for his mom’ lover and send him off with a caricature of how he sees her new love. We also meet Laura’s therapist, played by Chelah Horsdal, who initiates the conversation on boundaries as Laura, skirts the direct question on whether or not she’ll finally answers her father's telephone calls.

Finally we meet Jack, played by Christopher Plummer, a pot-smoking, weed dealing, still having fun well beyond the proper time in this day and age. And as luck would have it, he has to move, away out of his retirement home, as he was caught smoking pot and engaging in activities a bit more spry then the sedate crowd could handle.

As Laura balks at driving her father to Los Angeles, her “no’s and never” fade and suddenly the road trip is upon them. Of course unbeknownst to her Jack is hauling a hefty supply of weed that he, also unbeknownst to Laura, will be delivering to his quirky, and also throwback to the 1970’s, friends.

So our pot smoking father, an on the edge, always, daughter and mother and her son Henry, who is taking it all in and drawing edgy, pornographic caricature so to express his feelings are on the road.

Which is where we begin to meet Jack’s friends, Stanley, played by Christopher Lloyd and Joey, played by Peter Fonda. We also, along our road trip, meet up with old relationships which is where we meet Leonard, played by Bobby Cannavale.

Road trips, even with the potential pitfalls, bring a certain relief. The freedom, of escaping ones surroundings, even for a moment becomes evident even in Farmiga’s character as she begins to have less stressful moments.

Boundaries brings together a quirky group of characters, endears them to the audience, and lets the relationships be the guide. It isn’t until after the fact and by the good fortune of having been invited to the media day that one understands these “characters” are based in reality.

The director, Shana Feste, tells the story of her childhood, the abandonment issues and desperation of needing, as all do, her father to essentially man up and be, at least for a moment the dad that chased away the shadows, that shut down the voices, that stopped her fears.

Her father and to hear her tell it, was certainly colorful, and also a criminal, would tell wild stories of adventure, of impossible tales of traveling the seven seas, well almost, and returning home for a stop-over.

Feste has taken this once painful past and created a unique set of characters, quirky, and odd lot, full of colors, layers, and uniqueness and made them into great stories, memories filled with laughter and light.

Her choices to include stray, rescue animals, which there are many, is an analogy of her own feelings of un-connectedness to her family unit. She and her sister, JoJo, whom we met near the end of the film, played by Kristen Schaal feel a bit like rescue strays looking for a loving home where with a little care they [we] can become the master of our domains.


Book Club Review - Fun Tale of Finding Love After Fifty Shades


Christopher Plummer brings an honesty to his portrayal of Jack. With moments, especially during the scenes with Peter Fonda and Christopher Lloyd, of brillance as the genuineness between the characters was authentic, real and tangible.

Boundaries is exceptionally well done, beautifully shot and brings a wonderful cast together for a trip worth taking. Boundaries is playing in select cities. Check local listings.

Haute Tease

  • Andre Mieux A.M.X: World R U Ready

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A.M.X. is a multi-talented R&B artist whose star is rising fast in the music industry with fans starting to take notice of his original sound. A.M.X., also known as Andre Mieux, is a singer, songwriter and music producer who has talent, charm and uniqueness as an artist.

     
  • Academy Celebrates Hollywood Costume with Private Luncheon Hosted By Annette Bening, Crystal Lourd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Wiatt

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted a private luncheon and viewing of the current exhibition, Hollywood Costume,on Wednesday, October 8, at the Wilshire May Company building—future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

     
  • The Art of Racing Against the Rain Review - Captivating, Engaging, A Touching Love Story

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Art of Racing Against the Rain, from Fox 2000 and Twentieth Century Fox, presents the story of a formula one driver, his faithful golden retriever, the twists and turns of fate and the art of living.

     
  • Chef Matteo Metullio and La Siriola Restaurant Hotel Ciasa Salares, Dolomites, Italy Awarded 2 Michelin Stars

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Chef Matteo Metullio of La Siriola restaurant at Hotel Ciasa Salares in San Cassiano, Alta Badia region of the Dolomites, Italy, has recently been awarded 2 Michelin stars, the youngest Chef in Italy to have achieved such honors.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Israel; Putin/Trump; Welcome 2017; Istanbul; Queen Elizabeth; Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama has not backed away from his resolution to hold Israel to a two-state solution even as Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to reassess the nation's relationship with the United Nations and the United States.

     
  • Interventional Empathy: A Way to Deescalate Destructive and Self-Destructive Behavior

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Dr. Mark Goulston, co-creator and moderator of suicide prevention documentary Stay Alive (available here), shares his six-step technique for calming yourself or someone else who may be on the verge of an emotional breakdown or self-destruction.

     
  • God’s Not Dead: A Light In The Darkness Review - Uplifting, Challenging, Real

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    God’s Not Dead: A Light In The Darkness, from Pure Flix Entertainment, presents the third installment in a series of faith based films that begin with a genuine faith struggle and work around the theme to a solution.

     
  • Updated:William, Kate Welcome Baby Number Two, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; Obama Congratulates Family, Queen, Nation

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed baby number two, a girl, into their growing family, on Saturday, May 2, following a week delay and short two hour labor.

     
  • Three Things to Consider When Buying Jewelry

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The right piece of jewelry can make or break your outfit. A stunning necklace can make even the blandest outfit look sophisticated. Yet, that doesn’t mean you should throw on any old necklace you have lying around.  

  • The Shape of Water Takes Best Picture, Best Director

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Guillermo Del Toro's fantastical film, The Shape of Water, ruled the 90th Oscars winning four Statuettes including Best Picture and Best Director; Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Gary Oldman also took home Academy Awards.

     
  • London Arts: Tate Modern Takes Top Spot Among UK Visitor Attractions

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tourism is alive and well in London, drawing nearly 70 million visitors annually, and the Tate Modern has become the most visited attraction in the UK, with 5,868,562 visits last year, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

     
  • Business News: The 25 Worst-Performing CEOs

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In a perfect world, good pay reflects good performance. Leave guests satisfied as a server, and you’ll frequently earn a generous tip. Close a big deal as a salesperson, then collect a sizable commission check.  

  • WESTIME Beverly Hills Hosts Cocktail Reception for ONLY WATCH 2011

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Under the high patronage of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, ONLY WATCH 2011 and Westime Beverly Hills recently previewed time pieces from forty of the world’s most exclusive jewelers at an invitation only cocktail reception.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama, G7 Meet; Hillary Kicks Off Campaign; Rachel Dolezal; Jurassic World Rules

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama attended the G7 Summit where the nations present affirmed a uniformed approached to key issues effecting all countries, including the recovery process of the economic recession, the direction of the war on ISIS and sanctions on Russia.

     
  • Gun Control: Which States Have Banned Assault Weapons

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Democratic representatives staged a 25-hour sit-in this week to force a vote on gun control measures, yet it is unclear whether Congress will make any progress on the issue.