Directed by Bradley Leong
Written by Wendy Kout. Edited by Daniel Cahn. Cinematography by Rachel Morrison.
With Elliot Gould, Haaz Sleiman and Sara Rue.
USA, 2011. In English. 92mins.
Castro screening preceded by on-stage interview with Freedom of Expression recipient, Elliot Gould! (interview begins at 8:30pm)
Deb Dorfman is a nice Jewish girl who never quite blossomed. The quirky 28-year-old accountant attends to everyone’s needs but her own and seeks solace in romance novels on tape. When Deb agrees to house-sit for her longtime crush, a dashing journalist on assignment in Afghanistan, she is uprooted from her sheltered San Fernando Valley home and thrust into the hub of newly revitalized downtown LA. An unlikely friendship with a smooth-talking Egyptian neighbor has Deb trying exotic food, braving the (gasp!) subway and overhauling her look from homely to hip. Who knows what all this will lead to? Maybe to a love that exists outside of her imagination. Sex in the City this is not. Dorfman is more like the Jewish answer to Muriel’s Wedding and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Deb is a refreshingly relatable heroine with a normal job, a normal closet and normal problems. Elliott Gould (SFJFF 2012 Freedom of Expression recipient) is perfect as Deb’s despondent widowed father who mopes around the house delivering uproariously deadpan one-liners. Writer Wendy Kout cut her teeth in sitcoms (Mork & Mindy, Anything But Love) and imbues this delightful indie romcom with just enough screwball humor to keep you chuckling as you root for Deb on her path to self-actualization.Producer Len Hill and Screenwriter Wendy Kout in person in San Francisco.