A young Canadian couple takes a walk on the wild side in writer/director Gavin Heffernan's feature debut, Expiration, which was shot on video over 29 months. Niki (Erin Simkin) tells her old pal Sam (Heffernan) that she's pregnant, and that he, and not her current slacker boyfriend, is the father. Sam takes his mother's engagement ring (Dad ran off when he was a child) and invites Niki out for a romantic evening in Montreal, planning to ask her to marry him. But at dinner, he loses his nerve. The couple gets lost on the drive home, and they end up in a dicey neighborhood. Niki has a bout of morning sickness, prompting Sam to leave her resting in the car while he runs into a nearby convenience store. Meanwhile, Rachel (Janet Lane), a small-time drug dealer on an important run, is in the same store buying some licorice. A desperate young man, Oliver (Laen Hershler), barges in and robs the place, taking Sam's ring and Rachel's drugs, and the two reluctantly team up to track Oliver down. While they encounter a lesbian wedding, desperate druggies playing their own version of Russian roulette, and a suicidal businessman, Niki has her own adventure, wandering into a nearby park. There, she's attacked, and Julia (Denise DePass), a prostitute, comes to her aid. Julia offers her a ride to her motel, but gets sidetracked. Niki ends up spending time with Julia's troubled teenage daughter, Naomi (Yetide Badaki). The strange and dangerous experiences of the night force both Sam and Niki to reassess their plans for the future. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Expiration
Dumb movie with nice cinematography -- a pleasure to watch and a labor to endure.
Does anyone have a spare career to give Gavin Heffernan?
Episodic film, interesting in fits and starts, but some individual pieces prove more satisfying than the film's whole
A solid first film that shows remarkable skill both in front of and behind the camera.
The film is unjaded enough that its very guilelessness is often at least vicariously moving
Promises much for its young creator's future, even as it delivers only minor pleasures of its own.
Though it was made on a shoestring, Expiration offers imaginative and soulful use of digital video.
This may be one of 'those movies' where everything happens in one single night, but it's far from formulaic.
A student film of enormous ambition and modest attainment...precocious, perhaps, but also uncomfortably pretentious.
Gavin Heffernan's 'Expiration' boasts a unique cinematic style and introduces an impressive new filmmaker.
While I sometimes found myself scratching my head a little, Heffernan provides just enough information to keep the intrigue at a maximum.
...exudes raw talent on both sides of the lens and serves as an unwitting document of the kind of purity of vision embodied by artists at the beginnings of their careers...
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