The Happiness of Larry
Velton Lishke for V-Pac Productions
directed by Velton Lishke
starring Velton Lishke, Jack Kenna, Patrick J. Maxwell, Rebecca Lindley, Gaynor Robinson, Samantha Daniels, Dominic Burns, Jason Bytheway, Samuel D. Rushton, Daniel Coll, Dave Thorp, Chloe Morfen, Molly Schofield, Aidan Rawnsley, Craig Davies
screenplay by Velton Lishke, based on the short story Shoe by John J McGimpsey
Larry's (Velton Lishke) a bit on the weird side - especially his weird
way of walking and his habit of picking up trash from the street and
carrying it around in a bag makes him suspicious to his neighbours. But
that said, he's a guy who couldn't hurt a fly and tries to just ignore the
insults thrown at him regularly. One day he finds a girl's shoe lying on
the pavement, and as with all things he finds, he just puts it in his bag.
What he doesn't know is that the shoe belongs to a local girl (Molly
Schofield) who has virtually just gone missing. And when her parents (Jack
Kenna, Rebecca Lindley) find her shoe on Larry, they put two and two
together, come to the wrong conclusions, and they and a couple of friends
drag Larry to their house to beat him to a pulp ...
A very nice
little film that seems very straight forward with its narration at first
to then throw in a couple of surprise twists when one least expects them
to keep one interested throughout - but that said, the main reason that
the film works quite as well as it does is certainly its Velton Lishke's
portrayal of Larry, which doesn't only get the weirdness of the character
right but also shows his multi-layered persona to really get the audience
to identify with the bloke despite him being "different".
all of this makes this one a pretty cool movie!