Feature Film review
Written by: Lauryn Lugo | Directed by: Adrian & Andrew Nuno | Genre: Drama | Length: 40 minutes
"This title definitely has a charm that helps hook it's audience; and a cast of likable characters.
Teddy (Lauryn Lugo) is depressed. Clinically. After a particularly difficult session with her therapist, and a ghostly visit from her dead Mother, she gives herself a few hours to either change her mind or end it all. As we learn, life has always been tough for her and she finds it hard to brush things off and move forward. Teddy is tired of fighting for the normality everyone else seems to have. She's tired of feeling sad all the time with no real reason why she should be.
During her walk and contemplation through the city, Teddy begins to interact with the people around her. Some by chance and some without any choice in the matter. She meets Ana (Charlie Irving) playing and singing on the street. When trying to donate some money, and Ana refusing to accept it, the 2 begin a conversation. Magically, Ana begins playing a song familiar to Teddy. The 2 sing it together. It it a sign?
She also meets Pete (Mateusz Wielomek) during a botched robbery attempt. When Teddy finally reveals her reasons for agreeing to give him all her money, Pete attempts to talk her out of ending her life. And finally, as she decides to stop for some food she meets an unusual couple. Millie (Anita Nicole Brown) and Harland (Keith Kelly) who seem so different and yet so in love. They also help remind Teddy that live can be tough and strange, but still worth living for the good things. All this during a critical walk. Is it a sign? Pardon the pun, but is Teddy about to make a grave mistake?
If you think a woman taking a walk sounds pretty boring you would be way off. Scripted by Lauryn Lugo and directed by Adrian and Andrew Nuno, great care was taken to make sure this walk around was anything but. Some things may seem a little fantastical but still in the realm of possibility. I also think this was the point. A little fantastic never did any harm and this title smells of messages from a higher power. Written in such a way as to be taken either as pure chance, or as an intervention of some kind, this title definitely has a charm that helps hook it's audience; and a cast of likable characters. Yes. Even you Pete.
As a micro budget film, Little Things happens to also looks fantastic. A feather in the cap for the production crew and the cast, who all performed well above the indie norm. It's all very hard to describe. How random encounters with random people can all fit together so nicely. As individuals, these characters would be considered of no real importance. But these characters are written and acted out in such a way, that their scenes would still entertain even if no greater message was presented. Since there are numerous guests in Little Things, all pointing to the same thing, combined they create a personality that only says one thing. Life is worth living. Could a more simple message ever be conceived that holds a truer power?
Little Things is more than just the statement at the start of the movie. It's more than a collection of small things that depress someone. It's also about the little things worth living for. The small things in life that make life worthwhile. This title, and all it's "Little Things" is easy to love. Highly recommended viewing.
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