Move Me Reviews
The narrative involves a late 20's man, moving far away from his famliy and friends, toward a new chapter in his life. His father, who is just as emotionally abused as his son, can't bare to let him go, but can never bring the words to action. The story is set during the X-Mas season, a time rot with possible family strife, and we follow the son as he tries to make right from past wrongs. The ending (might) just be a happy one.
The direction and writing by Jonathan Pulley were quite superb, with sobering thoughts, often without words, set to the backing of great visuals and a heartbreaking final scene. The players were also very steller, as characters who boil from the inside; barren without communication. Kevin Lucero Less plays the son, a performance of subtext and seething with anger; he was very good and the anchor. John Pulley, of relation?, plays the son's father, a man of actions of love, but misses the point of communicating the love with his son; he was strong and consistent.
Move Me is the kind of film that is rarely made these contemporary days. It is not a fast moving film, there are no pistol fights or aliens, but the human element is there for the feeling and wishing.
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Each generation of fathers, since the Industrial Revolution, has passed on less and less to his sons--not just less power but less wisdom. And less love. We finally reached a point where many fathers were largely irrelevant in the lives of their sons. The baby was thrown out with the bathwater, and the pater dismissed with the patriarchy. Everyone seemed to be floundering around not knowing what to do with men or with their problematic and disoriented masculinity.
Life for most boys and for many grown men then is a frustrating search for the lost father who has not yet offered protection, provision, nurturing, modeling, or, especially, anointment. All those tough guys who want to scare the world into seeing them as men and who fill up the jails; all whose men who don't know how to be a man with a woman and who fill up the divorce courts; all those corporate raiders who want more in hopes that more will make them feel better; and all those masculopathic philanderers, contenders, and controllers--all of them are suffering from Father Hunger.
It's a universal theme, and it is this truth of circumstance that makes Jonathan Pulley's debut film on the subject so powerfull and empathetic.
The story of Move Me follows Graham, played wonderfully by Kevin Lucero Less, as he moves out of his apartment and hits the road toward a new life; we get the feeling out of state or possibly out of the country. He gives his goodbyes to a close friend, and moves on to more serious matters concerning his father. It is at this point in the narrative of the story, that we are introduced to Graham's father Herman, richly acted by the Director's own father Jon Pulley.
What follows with the rest of the film, is arguably the most realistc father and son dynamic put to film, at least of what I have seen. Writer / Director Jonathan Pulley may be using true experiences from his own life, or it may possibly be a work of fiction, but what is evident is the skill this Director has with this subject.
The performances are equally as striking, cast with unknowns, this piece brims with talent. Kevin Lucero Less, as the lead, gives a complex range of emotions that rival anything I have seen from the big names of Hollywood. The Director's father, Jon Pulley also meets this challenging subject head on. He gives a quiet performance, sad and lonely, which for me, made me think of my own father.
What goes on between the father and son-and what does not go on between them--is surely the most important determinant of whether the boy will become a man capable of giving life to others or whether he will go through life ashamed and pulling back from exposure to intimacy with men, women, and children.
Move Me is Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2007