Breaking Glass Pictures (BGP) in Philadelphia has an interesting portfolio of films they have sent my way over the past few years. Not all are great but some are gaspingly delightful and not to mention the LGBTQ film inventory they have.
And they don’t carry the Hollywood slop I have little interest in. In the days when I used to travel when COVID was not crushing our liberty and happiness I recall flying back to Toronto from the EU and what was everyone watching…”Black Panther”. No thank you to that film and the many Star Wars films or the modern James Bond film.
I like the “Indies” low budget and always a degree of rawness and a lack of special effects. This is most likely why I was sent to sit in the corner at school.
“The Long Way Back” is not one of those exceptional Indie films but true to the genre there is no expensive soundtrack repertoire nor are the actors shining examples of beauty and perfection. Yes there is a streak of realism here not as probing as the 1960 and 1970 French gangster films or even the 70’s American film “French Connection”.
The theme is a criminal who does his time in the penitentiary and that is Max Lyons (Denny Bess) who and is released and heads back to Lower Manhattan we call “downtown” to his old raunchy apartment managed by his friend Ziggy. Max is not a muscular hunk but slightly overweight and not exactly an Adonis.
Max falls for next door neighbour Sarah (Reyna Kehan) who is a design student who is no Nicole Kidman but exudes a genuine warmth. Yes you might say, “I like that woman”. She sets Max straight to kick his junkie habit.
But Max had ripped off Lucius (Mark Borkowski) of $20,000 before he went to the slammer. Lucius is a mean dude and dare cross him and you’ll be threatened with death. Lucius is out of synch with the cast of “normal characters”. His role is overdone unless we are into the original Batman series with Adam West where the criminals were always exaggerated.
So should you see this film? A yes if you like and wish to support Indie films. Many of our Canadian films are in fact Indie with small budgets and they overdeliver in acting and plot.
And many Indie films have endings that run contrary to our Hollywood brainwashed minds. As I review films in my downstairs office every once and awhile, I gasp “OH NO” to the consternation of my dear West Highland Terrier that sleeps on the couch behind me.
The conclusion of this film is not quite an “Oh No!” one but caught me off guard expecting conflict resolution. But an easy out not quite in the Hollywood script.
“The Long Way Back” will be released May 11 on VOD on ITunes, Amazon, XBOX, Vudu, FandangoNOW and some local cable and satellite providers.
You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo9Nk096_Zk
Director of the film is E.B Hughes who also directed “Exit 0” which I found more complex and satisfying.