CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL 2022 REVIEW! I’ve at all times believed that life is a drama, and movies are a mirrored image of that. There’s additionally a perception that, like our favourite tales, all of us deserve a “fortunately ever after.” Let’s face it. Life is extra difficult than we select to imagine, and Jennifer Levinson and Almog Avidan Antonir’s function movie, Belief, reminds us of that truth.
Whereas getting ready for an necessary faculty presentation, Kate’s (Jennifer Levinson) world is shipped spiraling with the information of her mom Rachel’s suicide. Dropping all the pieces, a reluctant Kate drops all the pieces to return residence. Met by her older brother, Josh (Heston Horwin), he braces her for what’s going to be a really dysfunctional funeral and shiva. Eldest sister Trini (Kate Spare) is nowhere to be discovered, leaving Josh and Kate to make all of the funeral preparations with the rabbi.
On the middle of the dysfunction is the household patriarch, Damien’s (Linden Ashby) adulterous affair with Kate’s finest pal, Amber (Marissa Sumiko Cohen). The affair left the household in shambles, and with Rachel’s suicide, the household is compelled to confront each other to convey closure.
Whereas studying the need, it’s found that Damien by no means finalized the divorce. So as a substitute of the youngsters getting their share of their mom’s property, all the pieces goes to ex-husband Damien, who decides the youngsters have to study to outlive on their very own and begins promoting the household residence.
The world is unquestionably not brief on tales of poisonous households. Nonetheless, author/star Jennifer Lawson crafted a remarkably balanced story whereas preserving this powder-keg household along with the loosest of threads. On the danger of spoiling issues, Belief isn’t your typical story of a household coming collectively amid tragedy to come back out stronger in the long run. As an alternative, it’s a narrative of private boundaries and realizing the correct distance to maintain your loved ones to keep up one’s sanity.
“…Kate’s world is shipped spiraling with the information of her mom Rachel’s suicide.”
Belief additionally jogged my memory concerning the self-sacrificing nature of parenting, or on this case, how a father or mother’s selfishness (primarily that of Damien) spells catastrophe for kids. Damien’s affair grew to become the catalyst for this imploding household, and now the youngsters are compelled to jockey for place to make sure they don’t get screwed by the opposite.
The casting and performances in Belief are sensible. Trini has all however given up on changing into an grownup and conjures tall tales for emotional and monetary assist. As the center youngster, Josh performs the peacemaker, frantically attempting to maintain the illusion of a household collectively. Belief is primarily Kate’s story, who finds herself critically contemplating whether or not it might be higher to chop off her household for the sake of her future.
Belief works because of an insightful story by Jennifer Lawson and a collection of incredible performances beneath the course of Almog Avidan Antonir. Lawson shines vivid at Kate, however I additionally wish to spotlight Heston Horwin as Josh. There are two moments the place Josh has to face up for himself and his mom, and Horwin is unimaginable in these moments.
Kate’s Jewish heritage performs a major function within the story. She fights with the seemingly born-again Trini over the rites and rituals of their mom’s funeral. Rachel’s siblings are additionally on location to witness the deteriorating household dynamic, and all performed to comedian impact. There’s a splendidly choreographed one-shot through the funeral that should not be missed.
Jennifer Levinson and Almog Avidan Antonir’s Belief brings all of the emotion and drama of a dysfunctional household whereas discovering a much-needed fragment of hope in the long run.
Belief screened on the 2022 Cinequest Film Festival.