Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tribcea Film Festival - Sunday, April 27 (part 2)

The third film I saw on Sunday was called Trucker. It stars Michelle Monaghan as a truck driver whose 11-year-old son from a very early marriage pops back into her life. She's used to being kind of solitary, and really isn't prepared for this. The director, James Mottern, told us beforehand that Michelle couldn't be here, but she really wanted us to know that she did drive the trucks herself. She didn't even have a regular driver's license at the time, but she went to school to learn how to drive the big rigs.

Nathan Fillion plays yet another character that you can't help but fall in love with. Not a bad thing to be typecast as! The actor (Jimmy Bennett) who played the little kid was very subtle for a child actor. I asked about him during the Q&A and Mottern said "Yeah, he's really a 40 year old man." Pretty amazing.

The last question came from Michelle's brother, who said she made him promise not to embarrass her, but that didn't stop him from asking "Did she have to stop every half hour and take a piss, liks she did on family vacations?" Apparently he was ok with breaking his promise.

My final movie of the day was Idiots and Angels, a kind of film noirish Bill Plympton feature. It's about a bastard-y guy who grows wings and they somehow make him start to be a better person. Very interesting look. I liked the film a lot, but I was too tired by that point to be able to form any coherent thoughts about it.

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