Little Pieces – An independent film that deserves your attention
War of the Movies: 7.5/10
Directed by Adam Nelson
Running Time: 80 minutes
Starring: Matthew William Jones, Finnian Nainby-Luxmore, Graham Cawte, Graham Cawte
First feature length film for director Adam Nelson, Little Pieces is a story about two brothers, Michael and Eric, who try to overcome the drama and angst in their lives as best as they can. While trying to control his more angry side, Michael his studying business and hoping one day he could get away with Eric. However, while Michael is living is life outside of the family house and trying to deal with his own demons, Eric his stuck trying to take care of his drunken father.
At the beginning you’re not quite sure where the director is taking us with the story, but as it goes on you realize slowly but surely that everything make senses when the “Little Pieces” are put together. The script is a strong point of the film, it make us feel like it could be a real story happening right before our eyes, and that is one of the elements that proves the Little Pieces is a good example for an well done indie movie. For a film with a micro-budget, I was greatly surprise by the quality of the cinematography. There are some shoots that isn’t as well finished as others, making us realize from time to time that we are, indeed, watching a £6000 budget film, but in general, with the finesse of the editing process, it’s a fact that we can overcome most of the time. Sometimes the movie comes really near the line of melodrama, but the tone gets soften by c as Cheryl, a young lady that Michael likes. Most of her scenes are much less dramatic than the one’s with the brothers, and it helps us to get going into the story. Cheryl is the complete opposite of Michael and Eric, whereas the two brothers doesn’t really have a goal in life, Cheryl is more focus about what she wants (to join the police force) and she as a vulnerability that lighten up the screen and is refreshing to see.
I would say that Matthew William Jones, as Eric, is the one out of the two brothers that is the more credible and has more depth. His character looked more difficult to play, since he seems to suffer more from the inside, compare to his brother Michael who’s more angry than isolated, but even with the complexity of Eric, Matthew deliver a strong work. Finnian Nainby-Luxmore as Michael gave us a good performance, just not as credible as Matthew, and I believe his strongest scenes were with Isabelle Glinn, or Matthew. Still, even though both young actors did well, in my eyes the best performance was delivered by Graham Cawte, as David, Eric and Michael’s father. He personalized very well not only a drunken father, but also a broken man who is lost and has no idea just how much his drinking affects his sons.
The quality of the movie isn’t the only thing that surprised me for a movie of this budget, but also the soundtrack. Great music that keeps us into the dramatic feeling of the film, and even better the song at the end, “Toss and Turn” written and performed by Mike Thomas and Amy Thomas, fantastic choice song by the director! It’s a soundtrack that I have no problem to say that I would like to have on my shelves with the others!
Overall Little Pieces is a movie I would recommend to anyone who wants to watch a more realistic social drama film. Yes there are some flaws, but so does big blockbusters movies, so come out of your comfort zone and give it a try!