Brinna Kelly, D.C. Hamilton, Gino Anthony Pesi, Kristin Starns for 501 Pictures, Public Displays of Affection
directed by D.C. Hamilton
starring Gino Anthony Pesi, Brinna Kelly, Jason Stuart (voice), Jon Jacobs, Matt Fontana, Jeff Blum, J.K. Baker, Stephen Ji, Sarah Moore, Debbie Mottinger, Neil Mottinger, Paul Samaniego, Rob Starns, Joshua D.W. Smith, David Midell, Jessica Goldapple, Jaimi Paige, Jeremiah Peisert, David Saenz
written by Brinna Kelly, music by Torin Borrowdale
Cab driver Harris (Gino Anthony Pesi) picks up lovely Penny (Brinna
Kelly) in the middle of nowhere, and she requests to be driven somewhere
else in the middle of nowhere. The two get along rather fine, but then
they drive into an electric storm and ... Penny just disappears. After
some moments of puzzlement, Harris drives on to pick up his next fare ...
who just happens to be Penny - only Harris can't remember a thing about
the drive they just had anymore. So the two of them talk about pretty much
the same things as before until they get into an electric storm and Penny
disappears. Again, Harris is off to his next fare - Penny. And now he
starts to remember, and as he does, she confesses to him that this is not
the third time they're meeting under the exact same circumstances but
maybe the hundredth time if not more. They seem to be stuck in a time
loop, but now that they're both aware, they decide to make the best of it,
and they become great friends before long, even lovers, and all they know
they have no life outside the time they have together, which starts anew
every 20 or so minutes. And the closer they become, the more unsure they
grow if they even want to break out of the loop - but eventually human
curiosity gets the better of them. It's only, what they find out is not
what they expected, and hardly what they bargained for ...
rather charming and original take on the time loop routine, as it takes
cues from all sorts of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, horror,
and even romance, and blends it into something unique, basically a two
person-play in a confined space, with little that's not carried in the
dialogue. Now of course, that's thanks to a very clever script, but also
to the two leads, whose performances are on point and who have that kind
of chemistry between them to make the situation believable, and of course
to a directorial effort that pulls all the stops to not make the single
location dull as hell without drawing too much attention to itself.
worth a look for sure.