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

  • Shooting Erupts at LAX Airport; TSA Officer Killed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Transportation Security Agency agent was shot and killed when a single suspect opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, firing as many as 20 rounds with a high powered assault weapon.

     
  • Su Gologone Hotel, Sardinia, Italy, Offers Half Term Getaway

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Su Gologone, the hotel that embraces Sardinia’s most genuine traditions and culture, welcomes families during half term breaks with a selection of culturally infused activities both children and parents are bound to enjoy as they unplug from stressful city life.

     
  • Wall Street Limps to a Bullish Finish

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Wall Street investors limped to a bullish end of 2013 closing the year as the Dow hitting its 52nd record close, gaining over 72.37 points, the S&P 500 ending high and the Nasdeq gaining respectfully.

     
  • Snatched Review - Raucous, Bawdy, Hilarious Fun

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Snatched, from Chernin Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, presents a girl’s gone wild night out that becomes a cat and mouse race as our girls lean on ingenuity, necessity, and each other as they escape foreign kidnappers.

     
  • London Hip Hop Collective 'Rotten Hill Gang' Featuring BBC 6 Music Favorite Hollie Cook

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In true Hip Hop style they who pull no punches when it comes to saying it how it really is. With a plethora of talent under one roof Rotten Hill Gang are a breath of fresh London air.  

  • MI Arts: Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford - A Photography Exhibition

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly's exhibit "Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford" will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

     
  • The Chaperone Review - Exceptionally Good Performances, Well Written, A Must See

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Chaperone, from PBS Distribution, presents the story of Louise Brooks, the silent film star of the 1920s, just as she is bidding goodbye to Wichita, Kansas to begin her study of modern dance in New York City.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: A Conversation with Belle Writer Misan Sagay

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Misan Sagay, recently participating in press interviews, brings an exceptionally engaging story of an interracial love affair, scandal, passion and courage to the screen as author of the screenplay for the box office beauty "Belle" from Fox Searchlight Films.

     
  • Second US Journalist Beheaded by Iraqi Terror Group

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Global media is reporting a second U.S. journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, was beheaded by ISIS/ISIL, the Iraqi Terrorist organization in retaliation for the United States' assistance to the Iraqi people placed under siege by the militant group.

     
  • The Happy Prince Review - Strong Cast, Solid Directing, Brings to Life the Final Days of the Literary Genius

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Happy Prince, from Sony Picture Classics, brings to the screen the directorial debut of Rupert Evert presenting the previously untold story of the final days of literary genius Oscar Wilde after his return from prison.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Spares with G7; Singapore; Putin/G7; CA Gov Race; Anthony Bourdain; Justify Makes History

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Trump, after weeks of vacillating from North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, has landed at Singapore's Paya Lebar Airbase for an historic summit which is expected to reach a cease fire commitment from the authoritarian leader.

     
  • The Good Dinosaur, from Pixar Disney, Premieres in U.S. Today

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pixar Animation Studio and Walt Disney Animation Studio release "The Good Dinosaur" today across the United States. Following Pixar's "Inside Out" release earlier in 2015, this marks the first multi-release year for the animation studio.  

  • AUDREY from Manchego Pictures: A Sure Winner for the Hopeful Romantic

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    AUDREY, a touching romantic comedy, from Manchego Pictures, is slated to open early 2013 and already has buzz for its charming take on the emotional roller coaster of contemporary dating as boy meets girl suffering from relationship neurosis.

     
  • Do You Have the Jitters? Top Six Surprising Causes For Anxiety

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ever have those nagging feelings that something terrible is about to happen, or terrible unwanted thoughts or unexplained nausea, headaches, nosebleeds?   Did you know that there are "external" factors/habits in our daily lives that can increase anxiety?

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Honors Fallen; UK PM Change; Nice Attack; Turkish Coup; JFK

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama spoke this week in Dallas, Texas, at a memorial honoring the slain officers who lost their lives, killed by a deranged ex-Army officer distraught over the recurring violence and use of deadly force against African Americans.