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Handsome and perceptive, The Reception serves as a reminder that it is possible to make a polished, worldly and witty adult entertainment on a modest budget.
It's fine stuff, beautifully played, but there's no denying that viewers will have to be patient with this 80-minute chamber piece.
With its direct and nuanced treatment of the complexities of racial prejudice, sexual orientation and addiction, The Reception is a quietly ambitious and memorable film.
Well-acted but otherwise lackluster drama.
Terrifically acted and beautifully shot on digital video...The Reception is in many ways quite an indie accomplishment.
Digitally filmed on a shoestring budget, "The Reception" is an ugly-looking movie occupied by artificial characters going through the motions of familial unrest and gay attraction.
Casting, acting, pacing and storytelling are all expertly done and the film technically is an eye-pleaser.
...a rewarding and engaging 75-minute chamber piece.
...in feeling like we've been cheated out of fuller characters, "The Reception" doesn't make its intended impact.
We're cold on this Reception.
Isn't much more than a high-toned soap opera, but it's a relatively sophisticated and occasionally affecting one.
In "The Reception", Jeanette(Pamela Stewart) and Martin(Wayne Lamont Sims) live on 300 acres in upstate New York but it's not really what you think. Jeanette is a wealthy French emigre while Martin is an artist who paints in the farmhouse and carries out odd tasks on the land. Martin also takes care of Jeanette who is in a fragile state and is pretty much through physically with men. Martin is gay. Their existence is pretty much routine until Jeanette's daughter, Sierra(Margaret Burkwit) shows up with her recently married husband, Andrew(Darren Sills-Evans) in tow for Jeanette's birthday.(Andrew is a law student.) Jeanette and Sierra have not seen each other in about three years and are very much estranged.(Jeanette had Sierra at a very early age and was admittedly not a very good mother.) Needless to say, revelations and complications fly fast and furious.
"The Reception" does cover some familiar ground but it is well-acted by a very capable cast, especially Wayne Lamont Sims. And it certainly helps that Stewart and Burkwit do look like they could be mother and daughter.
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