The intersecting lives of a small community of eccentric residents, bound together by loneliness, anxiety, dissatisfaction, love. They are family, friends, co-workers or strangers, searching for moments of connection or clarity.
There’s Peggy, the spunky old woman who can’t drive a car so she brings the action to her house, mostly in the form of false alarms to the local fire department. Then there’s Ulla, a younger woman, a blond wearing red, who rents a room in Peggy’s home. She’s a student beautician who gets recruited to speak at an intervention of someone she barely knows. And there’s Leo, a Native American road worker haunted by the past, and distracted by the present.
But the film is not about any one story or character — it’s a rich tapestry, teeming with life in all directions, filled with memorable scenes, like when Peggy dances to a thumping techno song being blasted from the car speakers of neighborhood teenagers. Or when Ulla explodes into a real-seeming rage while role-playing the part of the woman who needs the intervention during a practice run.
Directors Randy Walker and Jennifer Shainin weave it together masterfully, capturing vivid little splashes -- tiny specks of dust in a vast universe of humanity -- with a melancholic but playful spirit. Expressionistic fragments, off-kilter characters, and off-center framing define this lovely portrait of vulnerable humans trying desperately to burst out of quiet, lonely lives. The film premiered at SXSW 2006 & played many other festivals. NoBudge is happy to present it for the first time free online. (120 minutes)