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Expiration (2003)


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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.



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Dumb movie with nice cinematography -- a pleasure to watch and a labor to endure.

April 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

introduces an unpretentious filmmaker with a promising future

March 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Does anyone have a spare career to give Gavin Heffernan?

March 11, 2004
Film Blather

Episodic film, interesting in fits and starts, but some individual pieces prove more satisfying than the film's whole

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

A solid first film that shows remarkable skill both in front of and behind the camera.

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The film is unjaded enough that its very guilelessness is often at least vicariously moving

January 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

An eventful ride with a memorable gallery of characters.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Promises much for its young creator's future, even as it delivers only minor pleasures of its own.

January 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

Though it was made on a shoestring, Expiration offers imaginative and soulful use of digital video.

January 5, 2004

...a memorable and undeniably captivating visceral experience.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Almost unreasonably good.

January 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

This may be one of 'those movies' where everything happens in one single night, but it's far from formulaic.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

A student film of enormous ambition and modest attainment...precocious, perhaps, but also uncomfortably pretentious.

December 30, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Has the freshness of youthful exuberance on its side.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Definitely recommended for the art house crowds . . .

November 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

Gavin Heffernan's 'Expiration' boasts a unique cinematic style and introduces an impressive new filmmaker.

November 24, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

While I sometimes found myself scratching my head a little, Heffernan provides just enough information to keep the intrigue at a maximum.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views

artsy fartsy to the point where even the actors' eyes seem to roll

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source:

...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...

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It lost me in an "all-in-one-day into night" fog of sequencing and generally unsavvy storytelling.

October 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

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