A quiet exploration of a father and son who share a name, Nick Santore, but have drifted apart. The son visits Arizona to catch up with his dad and it becomes a sneakily poignant documentary about the passage of time and the bad habits we grow into or can’t escape from.
When Nick Santore Jr. arrives, the father is drinking and lonely -- his only company is a white Cockatoo -- and they spend a couple days together, giggling like teenagers, uneasy but excited, playing basketball, riding a home-made go-cart. But as the weekend wears on, the son begins to worry about his dad and prods for more meaningful conversation.
Sharp images of the dry Arizona desert contribute to the isolation. Directed by cinematographer, Jake Zalusky (d.p., Where the Buffalo Roam, NB Awards 2013, Best Drama) and starring real life father and son (the two men look so alike that you can physically feel the time and separation), it's a subtly powerful and ultimately touching family portrait. (17 minutes).