By: Mut Asheru
FLUTTER, directed by Eric Hueber, is getting ready to make its world premiere in the Texas Competition category at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival and we’re predicting it will be a big deal for all the right reasons.
Flutter is written by Eric Hueber (screenplay, story) and Tony Franklin Jr. (story) with a tender observational respect and is overall a poetic yet realistically constructed piece that holds up to scrutiny. Without giving too much away the film follows JoLynn (Lindsay Pulsipher) as she struggles to raise Johnathan (Johnathan Huth Jr.) on her own because husband and father David (Jesse Plemons) has decided to hit the road and fulfill his musician dreams. His music is very very good. However…anyone who has ever dated a musician or aspired to be one knows that the musician dream is a hard and often penniless row to hoe.
This film wins on several fronts such as score, soundtrack and script but most notably casting and location. Everything looks and feels like TX, granted one aspect of life is represented in this film and we all know that TX is huge so of course the landscape and story will tend to change depending on location and subject matter, but for what Hueber has put together this feels authentic. We fell more in love with mom and son as a duo as each frame progressed. This is undoubtedly their love story. To be sure, there are emotional frustrations to be had with both characters but those frustrations serve to pull you into an uneasy embrace that keeps you warm even when certain moments in the story might run you cold.
It’s haunting stuff really. It could be the expertly placed music in the film that gives it its indescribable glow or it may very well be Lindsay Pulsipher’s well acted turn as a young and innocent mother lion whose roar grows more substantial towards the end of the film. It’s a subtle difference in character from the beginning of the movie but it’s there and her ability to quietly bring that difference forward should be applauded.
While mom and son are definitely the heroes one other notable misfit is JoLynn’s neighbor Curtis (Charles Halford) who turns out to be our homie providing a slippery sense of dependability when needed and the film’s crucial leap forward to its hazy open ended / non-ending / ending.
FLUTTER will be screened Friday April 4 at 10:15 pm and Saturday, April 5 at 8:30pm = both showings at the Angelika Theatre during the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival. For more info go to www.dallasfilm.org