An authentic snapshot of a subculture and of a young woman named Gracie trying to reclaim a heirloom necklace. The pendant, which belongs to her roommate Tanya, turns up missing after a messy house party and Gracie, feeling somewhat responsible, agrees to track it down.
With an unforced naturalism, the short film by Sofia Banzhaf (also playing the lead, Gracie) captures modern bohemian-types, effortlessly pinpointing the period of life before adult responsibility with subtle insight and clarity.
As Gracie tracks through town, she interacts with a series of pseudo-friends. First of whom is an old boyfriend sitting on a couch, stoned or dazed, wearing an old hippie bucket hat, playing Danny Boy on a toy Xylophone. He’s in his own world, barely looking up. Same could be said for the rest of the bunch Gracie encounters on her pursuit. No one cares if she gets the necklace back, and in fact, they seem to find her commitment off putting.
Banzhaf gives a wonderful performance as Gracie, low-key but unsettled, and as a director, she beautifully captures the ambiance and fluidity of young adulthood with a bobbing rhythm. An off-the-cuff vibe doesn’t impede getting to the point — up tempo editing by Lev Lewis keeps the ball rolling, and gorgeous cinematography by Calvin Thomas lends a rich timelessness. (8 minutes)
CREDITS: Written & Directed by Sofia Banzhaf. Produced by Karen Ella Harnisch. Cinematography by Calvin Thomas. Edited by Lev Lewis. Sound by Aaron Mirkin. Starring Sofia Banzhaf, Tanya Bevan, Markus Laczko, Jake Fisher, Grace Glowicki, Liz Albright, Denise Yuen.