Review of Person to Person at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) #mysff

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Review by Marijke

These days when we watch reality shows we have all been conditioned to expect high drama and beautiful people.  The director and producer of person to Person, which takes place in New York City with just one day of “reality” coverage, totally misses this mark.  The movie portrays, extremely ordinary people, most of whom are not very attractive, and who lead very boring lives. This movie was a disjointed showing of groups of two or four people going through their everyday lives in the most boring manner possible with no plot, no excitement and no redeeming quality and no reason for having been made.

The reason for most people to go to a movie is to be taken away from their own everyday boring, stressful and many times uneventful lives, and to spend an hour or more being taken away into a happy place, or an adventurous place or a fantasy place so that they can escape their own hum drum lives.  The movie, Person to Person, does no such thing.  In fact it only adds to the tedium of life.  As life is finite, to waste one’s time watching this movie is to have wasted 84 minutes of precious time.
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Over the course of a windy day in Manhattan, PERSON TO PERSON follows the lives of an eclectic cast of characters on a seemingly normal day. From a jazz buff record dealer, a youth style journalist, a crime reporter with her trainee, a depressive houseguest, and a repairman – this amalgamation of characters never cross paths but rather are brought together by the city, focusing on the appreciation of otherwise overlooked emotional triumphs.

Section:    Independent Visions Competition
Genre:    Narrative
English Title:    PERSON TO PERSON
Category:    Narrative Feature
Independent Visions Competition
Internal Film Info
Internal Category:    Narrative Feature
Independent Visions Competition
Release Year:    2017
Runtime:    84 minutes
Type of Film:    Narrative Feature
Production Country:    USA
Original Language:    English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:    Abbi Jacobson
Michael Cera
Tavi Gevinson
Philip Baker Hall
Bene Coopersmith
George Sample III
Director:    Dustin Guy Defa
Executive Producer:    Joe Swanberg
Eddie Linker
Peter Gilbert
Michael Sherman
Matthew Perniciano
David Lowery
Produced By:    Sara Murphy
Toby Halbrooks
James Johnston
Screenwriter:    Dustin Guy Defa
Cinematography:    Ashley Connor
Editing By:    Dustin Guy Defa

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