A Boy. A Girl. A Dream
2018, Qasim Basir, USA, 89 min. With Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good.
- Fri, Aug 10th 6:30pm
- Sat, Aug 11th 8:15pm
"Good and Hardwick are compelling...This is clearly a project with its own aspirations, and it is exciting to watch those actors guide it." - Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
Filmed in a single continuous take, this tour-de-force romance follows two strangers who meet by chance outside an L.A. nightclub. Cass (Hardwick of "Power") is a club promoter with a stalled career as a filmmaker. Frida aka Free (Good of "Minority Report") wanted to be a deejay but is now a lawyer about to fly back to the Midwest. They get off on the wrong foot, reconnect, Lyft it to a party in the Hollywood Hills, and face their futures in a Sunset Strip diner. The glittering L.A. lightscape and the continuous magic-carpet ride of the camera lend a dreamlike air to the proceedings, but the film counterpoints the couple's romantic bubble with intrusions from the outside world: ignored messages from significant others, a racial incident involving the police, and, most glaringly, the setting of the action on Election Night, 2016. As a nationwide tide of disillusionment rolls in, can a boy and a girl find the strength to take a leap and pursue their personal dreams? DCP digital. (MR)