Lastly was "Bitter & Twisted," which while enjoyable and somewhat touching in an odd way, would sometimes tread into extremely odd territories, that I still cannot really make heads or tails of. In a way it reminded me of "Imaginary Heros" from a few years back, in telling of a family in the wake of the suicide of one of their own. In both cases it is an older brother, who leaves behind a stoic and overweight father, a mother who intends on turning her dull life around, and a brother who does not know what to do with himself (played by director Christopher Weekes). He also lusts after Indigo, his neighbor who went out with his brother before he died. While some moments truly do go into quite moving territory, others go into more surreal and odd. To mention two, I would say the mothers encounter with a rather creepy bachelor in his apartment, and the oddly homosexual friendship between Weekes and a guy named Matt, who lives with his senile father. The film would take these odd interludes in the midst of the somewhat gritty drama, all combined with a lovely musical score. "Bitter & Twisted" is a strange film, but an effective debut by Weekes, who I think needed to work a bit on tone for his next cinematic venture.
*** of ****