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Monday, 24 September 2012

Mother’s Red Dress: A Review

Mother's Red Dress is the latest offering from No Restrictions Entertainment’s writer/director Edgar Michael Bravo and producer John Paul Rice.

In watching it, viewers get introduced to Paul Ullman (played by Timothy Driscoll). Paul is a young man who is trying his best to quietly rebuild his life while wrestling with fragments of shocking memories about his family that he can’t quite piece together.

The highest compliment that I think I can pay the team of Bravo and Rice is that ironically, their movies are so poignantly raw that they don’t feel like movies at all but, rather artistic portraits of the darker side of everyday life. This analogy was also alluded to by Mireille Miskulin (owner of The Entertainment Corner) in a recent interview that she did on my podcast about indie entertainment in general.

Timothy Driscoll is able to take the archetype of a conflicted young man and somehow make it his own with surprising effectiveness. While the rest of the players all turned in strong performances, I particularly enjoyed Jeff Davis’ portrayal of Paul’s abusive father Brian and almost wished that the part had been slightly larger. The lilting score provided by Kevin J. Doucette and The LA Strings also carefully propels the story forward – almost to the point of being another character in the film.

Mother’s Red Dress is the kind of piece that will leave viewers thinking and having them go back to watch it again. Bravo clearly knows his instrument and is comfortable with his craft. Every shot and every line of dialogue are deliberate. At times, you may have a hard time watching but, you won’t be able to look away either.


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  1. Excellent review, Casey. You're getting really good with these. Should I call you the 'New Ebert" ?



    1. Thanks for the kind feedback, Eden. My goal is to get one of these published in an actual paper or magazine someday. I'm a big fan of Ebert's and like his essays even more than his reviews.

  2. Casey, thank you very much for your thoughtful and professional review. It feels rewarding to have someone with your level of integrity give time and thought to our work.

    1. I'm glad you liked the review, JP. You guys are doing some great things and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.