People Places Things(2015)
His next chapter is up in the air.
Jemaine Clement (What We Do in the Shadows) is a down-in-the-dumps dad with two daughters in this Sundance dramedy, suddenly made single-ish when his partner cheats on him with an off-Broadway monologist.... More
"From the moment graphic novelist Will (Clement) accidentally walks in on his wife, Charlie, with another man, his life officially begins to suck. Not only is he exiled from Brooklyn to a tiny studio apartment in Astoria and forced to see his adorable twin daughters only on weekends, but, according to Charlie, the separation is all his fault. As he muddles through single fathering and teaching college, a defeated Will sits up nights at his drafting table, illustrating his frustrations and loneliness—aptly symbolised by an ever-growing brick wall jammed between him and his family. When a student challenges Will to pursue new people, places, and things, his obsessions—both graphic and real—take new form." (Sundance Film Festival)Hide
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Setting its sights on amiability over artistry, People Places Things offers an easy-going blend of comedy and drama that would be unremarkable, and almost certainly not playing cinemas, were it not for the presence of one Jemaine Clement. In this small-scale, New York-set, tale, Clement gets to stretch his wings in ways he doesn’t get to often enough – keeping his Kiwi accent for starters, and allowed to bring an understated awkwardness to proceedings that’s closer to earlier career efforts than recent over-the-top roles.... More
As graphic novelist Will, we follow Clement as his relationship with the mother of his kids disintegrates, and he has to navigate the complications of shared parental custody and newfound singledom. It’s familiar territory, and with the competent supporting cast offered little by the material, there’s a lot resting on Clement’s shoulders here. Disappointingly, his wry performance style that has worked so well elsewhere proves insufficient to save People Places Things from its uneven tone, workmanlike direction, and sense of predictability.
Perhaps this side of Clement is better-suited as a foil to Conchord-like absurdity, where it works as a droll counterweight. There’s no doubting that it’s refreshing to see a more natural performance from him, something that comes through most strongly in his interactions with his onscreen twin daughters. People Places Things isn’t the vehicle to make a case for his leading man status, though, and the film will have to trade on pre-existing Clement love to resonate with audiences.Hide
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BY RealityCheck superstar
Well, Jermaine Clements has come a long way since the early ‘Flight of the Concords’ and the “lets agree to disagree” from ‘M.I.B.3’. This was a moving art house/comedy that reminds me of 'When Harry met Sally’, ‘Juno’ or ‘Jerry Maguire’ with it’s realism and authentic words/thoughts of the characters.
Genre : Comedy, realism, basic strange human love story
5/5 : Beautiful, but it is a kinda of "real life" sort of film, so remember that when you... More watch it.Hide
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