Denise Calls Up (1996)
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as Gale's Aunt
as The Cab Driver
as Dr. Brennen
as Jerry as a Little Boy
Critic Reviews for Denise Calls Up
A minor but quirkily charming comedy about alientaion, love, and folly that reflects the zeitgeist in terms of AIDS and modern technology.
Salwen has captured and properly identified a very particular modern American species. His emergence as a filmmaker is a true event.
At only 80 minutes, it doesn't overstay its welcome, but slight though it may be, it knows how to create constant smiles.
It's hard to care about a movie story in which the characters never meet one another or really care about one another.
Might have been more effective if the writer/director had taken the time to create characters imbued with more than token traces of humanity.
After a while, besides enjoying the stories as such, we begin to enjoy the film's trickiness, almost all on the phone, as a sort of high-wire act.
Audience Reviews for Denise Calls Up
6.5/10. Imaginative and different, refreshing performances. The film makes an interesting point. Nicely edited, very well written. It doesn't work completely, but works well enough to make it very entertaining. Good direction by Hal Salwen. He developed the characters nicely.
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