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Every so often there’s a film that just reaches out and speaks to you. This is one of those films.
Doyle Simms lives across the Hudson River from New York City and has his heart set on becoming a filmmaker. He is a seriously nice guy, but the cards are already stacked against him before he even takes that first step. His family is seriously dysfunctional, his mother emotionally abusive to extremes. Yet, he wins his freedom and manages to take a film program. A program that’s on the “cutting edge” – yeah, he’s been had!
The first year is hell, but he endures. After a break, he returns with even more determination and desire. The dire straits continue for this talented young hopeful. Financial “set-backs” for student loans end with him on the street. This is where many would just say to hell with it and sink, but Doyle is made of dreams and desires and the determination to see them through.
Not only does he manage to stay afloat, but he also finds himself falling in love. Living out of NYC’s Penn Station and going to school doesn’t leave him much opportunity for socializing or earning money, but he manages. With the help of Saul, a homeless book dealer who passes on his own survival skills and philosophical bent, Doyle really gets a grasp on things.
There are numerous characters floating through Doyle’s life, but the most important are his mother, Saul, and the woman of his desires - Allyson, a struggling actress who captivates the young man like the proverbial moth to a flame. The relationships he has are unique and meaningful, and add to the story as a whole.
As expected, there comes the time for a face off with the dysfunctional family and Doyle’s own traumatic past. It’s hard to take those steps forward with a ball and chain weighing heavily around your ankle, after all.
All in all, this is a film I would recommend to anyone and everyone. It’s a human-interest tale, a love story, and a drama about life as it really is. No blinders, no BS, just reality. It’s poignant and beautiful!
There’s one line that has stuck with me from the film. Doyle is talking with a woman he meets at the beginning of the film, and asks her:
“What if no matter how hard you fought you knew you were going to lose?”
“Embrace the fall…”
Article by: Naomi "NAI" De Bruyn
posted:01 Apr 2009
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