Michael John Dunaway Lifestream

April 17, 2010

AFF Spotlight: The Things We Carry

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The Sisters Lobit, Athena (L) and Alyssa, of The Things We Carry

I’m not sure I’ll see a narrative film at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival as moving, sincere, or wise as The Things We Carry. It’s the story of Emily, a world wanderer who gets word while living in Thailand that her mother, an addict, has died.

Alyssa Lobit, writer and star of The Things We Carry

When she returns to Los Angeles, she’s faced not only with the detritus of her mother’s life but also with an atrophying relationship with her sister, who chose to remain in LA to take care of their mother all these years. The film successfully avoids the usual learning-and-hugging rigamarole and has a sincerity that is touching. A large part of that is due to the strong writing and even stronger acting of Alyssa Lobit, who I can’t wait to see act again. There’s an impressive supporting cast as well, led by the wonderful Alexis Rhee (Crash) as the sisters’ mother and including a wonderful turn by Daniel Zacapa (Resurrection Blvd).

Athena Lobit, producer of The Things We Carry

Alyssa’s sister Athena Lobit is the producer and was a partner from the very beginning, and the story has autobiographical echoes for the sisters. Look for my Paste review for more analysis, but in the meantime go see this film! See the trailer here, and for you ATL folks, buy tickets here for Tuesday’s 2:30PM showing at Landmark. All others, go here to buy the DVD. (Photos by Michael Dunaway)

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