“The writer and director, Chad Hartigan, transforms the potentially maudlin premise into a luminous reach for grace. As the spare, sharp dialogue and tensely searching performances elicit lives filled with pain and loss, Hartigan’s images (realized by the cinematographer, Sean McElwee) capture a serene spiritual bounty that shines through the daily grit and grind.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Continuing my own personal kudo season practice of taking time each day to honor one amazing contribution to cinema that arose in the past year, I’m giving a shout out to Paul Eenhoorn for his exquisite lead performance in Chad Hartigan’s This Is Martin Bonner. Actually the whole film is a gem, but I’m drawn to appreciate Eenhoorn’s work particularly. Indie film fans will not want to miss this one.
I’m looking forward to Land Ho, which Eenhoorn’s in. It’s at Sundance next month. I’ll see it as soon as possible. Don’t have plans to be in Park City in January alas.