Fall to Grace (2006)



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A high-school-aged Eastern European immigrant finds that life in a new land can have its fair share of difficulties in writer/director Mari Marchbanks's inspiring tale of interconnecting lives. Alexei is a Georgian who moves to the U.S., with his family in tow and the intention of building a new life. Unfortunately, he is only able to land a job as a day laborer. Kristofer hopes to make it as a basketball star and is just looking to find his footing on the court and in the classroom, a task made ever more difficult due to the family's dire financial situation. He develops an enduring crush on the girl next door, Sarah, and though her life is fraught with complications, it seems that Kristofer may be able to turn her around. As the troubled lives in the story crisscross, the characters' intersections and interactions ironically generate hope and shared compassion for one another.

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Kira Pozehl
as Sarah Minske
Gabriel Luna
as Kristopher Rostropovich
Jessica Roque
as Jessie Acosta
Bhagirit Crow
as Alexi Rostropovich
Julia Polozova
as Helena Rostropovich
Cassidy Rose Johnson
as Anika Rostropovich
J. Ed Araiza
as Carlos Acosta
David Stokey
as Leo Minske
Heather Hanna
as Lilly Acosta
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Critic Reviews for Fall to Grace

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Seems to have grown from careful observation, but this could be a case where one story would have trumped many.

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: C+

Feels like a movie you'd find late at night on a film-festival program, sincere and worthy, yet not quite watchable.

Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This is an indie film in the genuine spirit of the word (not some studio-subsidized boutique product), showing compassion while following its own course of low-key redemption.

Jul 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The picture is hopeless: hopelessly earnest, hopelessly well-intentioned, hopelessly bad.

Aug 27, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Here are 12 people. Here are their 12 problems. Here are 12 solutions. World peace. The end.

Jul 6, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4

Marchbanks has crafted a genuine portrait of suburban Americana with Fall To Grace, especially with regard to our younger citizenry.

Jul 6, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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