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The Warm Season

USA 2023
produced by
Julie Crosby, David Youse, Kathleen Seidel (executive)
directed by Janet Grillo
starring Carie Kawa, Michael Esparza, Daniel Dorr, Cynthia Mace, Gregory Jbara, Mia Akemi Brown, Leonel Garza, Christopher Brooks, Andrew Kern, Nicholas Wagner, Ben Pruett, Yakov Kolontarov
written by Adam Seidel, music by Lillie Rebecca McDonough

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Back when she was a girl, Clive (Mia Akemi Brown) crossed paths with a very human looking alien, Mann (Michael Esparza), who gave her a rock he called his failsafe for safekeeping before being apprehended by the authorities. It's 25 years later, and Clive (now played by Carie Kawa) is something of a failed photographer now who desperately tries to get her family motel in the desert up and running again as an artists' retreat with her husband Mitch (Daniel Dorr), who's more interested in painting though, and her mother Carlene (Cynthia Mace), who does little other than complain about all things big and small though. And then, out of nowhere Mann shows up again, not a day older, and he asks Clive to return the failsafe. And Clive would be happy to do so, but unfortunately she has buried the thing in the desert as a kid, and now can't find it anymore. Soon enough, another man shows up at the motel, Sam (Gregory Jbara), an ex gouvernment agent who has since changed sides and has helped Mann escape from the research facility. He only emphasizes how important it is for Mann to get back his failsafe - but helping Mann getting back the rock slowly erodes the life she had been living ...

 

A quite unusual movie as it takes a very science fiction premise to basically make it into anything but, rather a film about self-discovery and soul-searching with philosophical undertones and a focus on characters and their arcs. But if all that sounds a bit heavy, the film's rather light-footedly directed, moves along at a swift pace and is rather beautifully shot. And of course, a very solid cast also goes a long way to make this one really watch-worthy movie.

 

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