Curfew (2012)

Curfew (2012)





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A man at the end of his rope is dragged back to the land of the living in this short drama. Richie (Shawn Christensen) has been struggling for years with depression and drug addiction, and has concluded he has no reason to live. Richie is in the process of committing suicide when he unexpectedly gets a call from his sister Maggie (Kim Allen), who lives nearby but hasn't spoken to him in years. Despite her animosity towards Richie, she is suddenly in dire need of a babysitter, and asks him to look after her eleven-year-old daughter Sophia (Fatima Ptacek) for a few hours. Richie grudgingly agrees, and over the course of an eventful evening he learns some valuable lessons about the bonds of family and the unexpected joys of life. Curfew was written and directed by Shawn Christensen, who also plays Richie; the film received a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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A striking opening shot of a bloody hand reaching for a ringing phone sets the tone for this morbidly funny short film with a surprisingly sweet core. Writer, direct, and star Shawn Christensen does a fantastic job balancing it's supremely dark sense of humor with this fantastic human connection between a man ready to give up on life and his niece he was never able to know. Both he and the adorable and talented Fatima Ptacek deliver really engaging performances. I really hope to see more from the two of them, especially Ptacek, who I can see doing some really great things. Apparently, she's also currently the voice of Dora the Explorer, so I guess her career's not doing too bad.

Nick Martucci
Nick Martucci

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