9 Full Moons from first time writer/director Tomer Almagor is bohemian gold. It’s a visual telling of nameless Lamplighter beat persona’s set in this digital age. There is a natural melody to these beautiful losers that Almagor has created.
The film focuses on the lives of two lost souls in East LA is trying to leave their mark, or at least a mark on the world. Frankie, an vagabond bar fly with rough exterior is played seductively by Amy Seimetz (The Killing, The Sacrament). Lev, a breakout role for Bret Roberts (May, Nightstalker), is a shy, tormented musician who falls for the eccentric Frankie. Together,they are forced to confront balance their past with the tempered water for their growing relationship. The actors, like the on screen relationship, is raw and vaulting.
Weathered, and weary Donal Logue (Vikings, Gotham, S.O.A.) co-stars as a Jamie Johnson-esque singer at the crossroads in his career. Lev is brought in to help interject in blood into his tiring sound. Logue is terrific as usual, it’s hard to find a performance where’s he’s not. There a some great scenes with him and Roberts. Donal’s raw emotions pinned on Robert’s cool reserve, good stuff.
Every character in 9 Full Moons is incredibly flawed, wethers it’s substance abuse, broken homes, money issues, rage, etc…it always feels real. There is a scene where Frankie is raped by a fellow bar fly, it is frank and honest. The aftermath, shapes not only her character, but Lev’s as well.
In the second act of film moves quickly, as Frankie and Lev’s relationship grows and eventually tires. As the characters aspire to be in a “normal” relationship, the gulf between their torments and dreams drys.
It’s a devastating truth, that’s we’ve all been through. Like all satisfying romances, there’s ebbs and flows, 9 Full Moons, is no different: Seimitz and Roberts performances are fleshly, not to be overlooked, Almagor, direction is solid, his script relatable, but the pacing is uneven at times. 9 Full Moons is a fragile and relentless look at the nerves of the heart. Indie gold.
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Director: Tomer Almagor
Actors: Amy Seimetz Bret Roberts Donal Logue Brian McGuire Foster Timms Dale Dickey James Duval Harry Dean Stanton Pamela Adlon Al Sapienza
Plot: A powerful, brooding love story about the seemingly implausible relationship of two radically different personalities somehow always meant for each other. Set against the hipster music scene of East LA. Frankie (Amy Seimetz) is an emotional train wreck, careening around the East Los Angeles music scene drinking and meeting strangers. Lev (Bret Roberts) is a taciturn and tormented soul. He drives a limo and wants to work in the music business. They begin a relationship after they connect with each other one night at a party. This dark romance explores what love is like for two quiet people who may be damaged beyond repair. Lev gets to explore his musical dreams working for star Charlie King Nash (Donal Logue) and learn about the practical realities that restrain talent to make artistic dreams so complicated and frustrating. Together Frankie and Lev explore the challenges of a serious relationship, trying to determine if it’s something either of them can handle. This moody piece goes beyond romantic movie clichés to explore the intricate interactions of two lovers who don’t fit into any neat categorizations. (Official)