Hello Lonesome

Director Adam Reid’s multiple award winning movie and film festival favorite, “Hello Lonesome,” opens in New York at Cinema Village (22 E. 12 St.) on May 27.  It will also be available as a video on demand selection on June 1. “Hello Lonesome” is an incisive, realistic story about six characters experiencing loneliness, their need to reach out and the relationships that form as a result.  The film concerns two elements of modern day life that can serve to both isolate and connect people, technology and suburbia.

Technology is shown most clearly in the character of Bill (Harry Chase), a man who has built his own suburban “Xanadu,” in which he can work and play without ever leaving.  Bill is a voice over talent who has his own, in-house, recording studio.  He works for clients via a hook up which enables him to communicate and record without ever leaving home.  The only person he ever sees is Omar (Kamel Boutros) a deliveryman with whom he spars verbally and develops a friendship.

Technology plays a key role in the story of a couple (Nate Smith and Sabrina Llyod)  who meet through an on line dating service.  They are then thrown a curve ball which serves to unite them.

An elderly widow (Lynn Cohen) develops a relationship with a neighbor, a young man, who lives next door (James Urbaniak).  The impetus for the relationship comes about when the woman cannot renew her driver’s license due to vision problems and the neighbor offers to help.  An elderly, suburban woman not being able to drive is definitely an isolating event and speaks to the film’s theme of technology.  Even though we may not always think of it in that way, a car is technology and the depravation of it, in a suburban setting, is isolating.  While the relationship veers in the direction of a May/December, “Harold and Maude” type romance, it actually develops into something more interesting and complex.

“Hello Lonesome” is a small film with interesting characters. While its story is not earth shattering (and the closer we get to summer blockbusters the more grateful I am for films like this) the film is accurate and observant.  “Hello Lonesome” holds a mirror up to modern day life, while presenting no easy solutions.

Hello Lonesome, Director Adam Reid, 2011, Bodega Studios, 93 minutes, not rated


About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

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