Brief Reunion (2013)



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Be careful who you let play in your virtual sandbox - even if they're old friends. Aaron Clark has it all: financial security, a beautiful wife, and a close-knit circle of old friends. But this cozy life is shattered by the arrival of Teddy, former classmate and proverbial snake. Teddy worms his way back into their lives, 'befriends' Aaron's wife and hijacks Aaron's 40th birthday surprise. He systematically stalks them - at home, at work, and in cyberspace. Bitter over Aaron's success, Teddy pries into his business affairs and hints at improprieties, threatening extortion and revenge. He relentlessly pushes, until Aaron snaps. And suddenly the question on everyone's mind: Is Aaron really the man he appears to be? Or is it true that "Nobody really knows anybody, least of all themselves?" This deep, dark question goes at the heart of human nature, and in Brief Reunion, finds some disturbing and even fatal answers. (c) Official Site
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Critic Reviews for Brief Reunion

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

A movie like this should be a tightening noose as your anxiety for the main character keeps rising. Aaron is charmless, self-absorbed and perception-free.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
New York Post
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Efficiently told and features solid performances, but without the juicy character detail, vise-grip suspense or black comic intensity of its memorable forerunners, it unwinds as a boilerplate genre item.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The juicy dramatic possibilities of buried secrets and lies and cybertrickery are left unexplored. The movie's shade of noir is a dull gray.

January 17, 2013
New York Times
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The film's failure to raise the temperature gradually leaves viewers less involved than we should be.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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[A] well-acted but rather slack drama ...

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Village Voice
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A solid, smartly wound little psychological drama that digs into some of the knotty qualities of mid-life adult relationships.

Full Review… | April 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Brief Reunion

This is an intelligent adult thriller. Clever, engrossing, well paced, beautifully filmed, artfully crafted, and thoroughly entertaining! Every scene and every frame had purpose and meaning. The New England scenery is just downright gorgeous! The actors brought the characters to life and made them quite relateable. You either know, or are, one of these people, and, can easily identify with the emotions they are feeling, and the difficult choices that they are forced to make. I really enjoyed this movie. Don't miss an opportunity to see a film that challenges your beliefs, makes you question your values, and compliments your intelligence. Well worth the time and ticket!

John Nolan
John Nolan

The stunning time-lapse shots of mountain ranges and misty rivers set just the right tone for this tense film - a beautiful-yet-creepy atmosphere that takes us from bucolic ideals - a kayak on a river, a farmhouse in a field - to nightmarish drives through dark woods on dirt roads. Well-cast and well-acted, these characters are familiar - Teddy is that creepy guy that we all knew in college, the friend-of-a-friend who just wouldn't go away.


The juxtaposition of the gorgeous scenery and dark plot heightened my appreciation for "Brief Reunion." It reminded me of the best of Russian literature: the focus is not so much on the crime as on the psychological ramifications of our choices. Do we, in the end, achieve any expiation for our sins, or do we simply disappear?

Bill Hammond
Bill Hammond

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