Showtime: Saturday Dec 5th, 6:30 PM at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe
Reparation is a multi-award-winning indie film about Bob, an Air Force veteran living with PTSD and a three-year memory lapse, gets a visit from an old friend, who is a payback seeker. It stars Marc Menchaca (Homeland), Jon Huertas (Castle), Virginia Newcomb (Moonlight Mile), and first-timer Dale Dye Thomas.
A dark, suspenseful balancing act between what is family, what is truth, what is friendship — and what our minds can do to us, Reparation is about righting wrongs and about so much more. The payoff is sweet and sad and more memorable for it. It most recently won 5 awards at Breckenridge Film Festival: Best Actor (Menchaca), Best Supporting Actor (Huertas), Best Actress (Newcomb), Best Child Actor (Thomas), and Best Screenplay.
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Watch Your Back, You Might Be Paying REPARATION
By Laura K. Marsh
“In jurisprudence, reparation is replenishment of a previously inflicted loss by the criminal to the victim.”
In other words, reparation is payback. But while this movie is indeed about righting wrongs, it is about so much more.
The filmmakers know about our meager understanding of the film’s title, and deftly play with our expectations. As a result, we willing follow them through the complicated maze of the main character’s mind expecting — well, not what we get.
And I for one was so excited to be mislead: the payoff is sweet and sad and way more memorable for it.
REPARATION is a multi-award-winning indie film about an Air Force veteran with a three-year memory lapse who gets a visit from an old friend, who is a payback seeker.
REPARATION stars Marc Menchaca (Homeland), Jon Huertas (Castle), Virginia Newcomb (Moonlight Mile), and first-timer Dale Dye Thomas.
In it’s 2015 festival spin, it has most recently won 5 awards at Breckenridge Film Festival: Best Actor (Menchaca), Best Supporting Actor (Huertas), Best Actress (Newcomb), Best Child Actor (Thomas), and Best Screenplay.
Where SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK was cheeky and upbeat on the “just getting out of a mental institution” note, REPARATION is dark and suspenseful. It is a balancing act between what is family, what is truth, what is friendship — and what our minds can do to us.
This film has so many nicely interwoven themes. Chief among the issues is the one of Bob (Manchaca), a veteran living with post-traumatic stress and memory loss, but it really isn’t what you think. And that is delicious.
Our minds can be a dangerous, dark place of dying while struggling to live. Both father and daughter in this story live with their respective traumatic shadows in entwined, meaningful ways that drive the drama between all of the other characters.
Indie films can get bogged down with their own gravitas. But REPARATION never does: it stays crisp, clear, and somehow linear in its track-skipping narrative.
I am intentionally vague about all of this because I really want you to see this film. I’m not even saying that because I’m writing a review to get you to go see it. Truly. Pick this one if you don’t pick any others.
As Bob’s daughter Charlotte (Thomas) comes to learn, “Every time something happens that knocks us out of balance, we try doing something that will knock us back in.” It’s CRASH for the soul.
REPARATION will make you feel perfectly unbalanced and slightly on your toes until the very, circle-closing end.
I would love to tell you that you will feel whole for seeing this well-written film, but you won’t. But I can assure, you will not stop thinking about it. Or Bob. Or Charlotte.
Or your own version of PTSD.
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