Lloyd was jsut released from prison, and he wants to reconnect with his daughter. She's married to a cop, and he's not a good guy. From there, the story goes into the trio of relationships there in a way that allows each of them to put out performances that are layered, complicated, and most of all, honest. Iris, played by Bethany Jacobs (who I've loved since seeing her in His Eyes) has to swing between extremes of hopelessness and defensiveness. Lloyd, played by the wonderful Robert Blanche (Grimm, and one of hte best shorts of the early 2000s, The Entry) has a combbination of fatherly protection, deep self-disdain, and a layer of questioning that makes his performance so damn powerful. The scenes he shares with Iris are excellent, and one in particular with her husband really turns the film into something massively impressive.
The ending is heavy, but not at all oppressive. It works and is just about the best emotional outcome a film like this could gave.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. as a part of Dances with FIlms at the TCL Chinese Theater in narrative feature competition. There will be a Q & A with Director Jace Daniel, writer/producer Roy Kirk, and stars Robert Blanche, Bethany Jacobs, Grant Davis and Brian Sutherland immediately after the screening. I hope you'll go; it's a brilliantly done film!