Texas-made Indie Comedy Screens in Block 12
Mallory and her emotionally minimalist boyfriend Ben are going on three years of… something. Most of the time they’re long-distance, but Ben spends a portion of the year writing his next “masterpiece” (he’s no Tennessee Williams) for the New York stage from Mallory’s tiny Austin cottage she shares with her wacky and often irresponsible childhood friend Elise. Though she is only a few years younger than her, Elise looks to Mallory “like a big sister,” and she recently transitioned from flailing actress to a performance artist. That means she videotapes herself a lot. They’re the kind of friends who are only close because of their history; had they met as adults their friendship would most likely be nonexistent. Unbeknownst to Mallory, Elise is coming home at the same time that Ben is coming to write, cutting her Chilean ‘sabbatical’ short and arriving with a surprise carry-on: her youthful and charming lover Lionel. Not one to handle change well, Ben is unable to deal with the new lovebirds in the house and decides to rent a nearby bachelor pad for his stay. He also informs Mallory that he is practicing semi-celibacy due to the severe nature of his current writing effort: they can only have sex one day a week, the other six needing to be driven by pent-up emotion like a boxer preparing for a match. Things start to unravel for Mallory when Ben becomes increasingly hostile toward the foreigner and she realizes her relationship may not be everything she had hoped. At a near-catastrophic ‘Welcome Lionel’/’Happy 30th Mallory’ party at the cottage, Elise talks to her baby daddy about being more involved in their child Yorke’s life and a very drunk Mallory makes a move on Lionel. The next night Mal’s had it with Ben and spirals into an epic breakdown in which she manages to confront Lionel, break up with her boyfriend, and jeopardize Elise’s shot at a being a mom all in one fell swoop. Once the dust settles, the girls find themselves alone on a porch swing, thankful for their friendship and embracing the unknown.
HCFF Notes: Producers Melissa Dalley and Jessica Poessiger will be in attendance for Q&A following the screening.
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 2:15 pm
Location: Fritztown Cinema – Theater 1
Tickets: $10 individual ticket – at-the-door, as available / All Access Badge and Filmmaker Badge priority seating