While I am often reviewing genre films, horror, superhero flicks and other blockbusters, I actually have a very tender reserved spot in my heart for stories of people trying to get through life. Movies like Lost in Translation, Frankie and Johnny, The Way Way Back, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Good Girl are all great character dramas that give you a glimpse into other peoples lives and make you reflect on your own. A new film, Keep in Touch, very much follows in these footsteps and gives us a well made relatable drama.
Colin Glennon (Ryan Patrick Bachand) is recovering from a major life crisis and attempting to get his life back on track. While ruminating about the past Colin tries to track down his long lost first love only to discover she died in a car accident many years prior. But his search leads him to her younger sister Jessie (Gabi McPhee) who bears a striking resemblance. After a not-so-chance meeting Colin’s obsession with Jessie blossoms into a relationship that may not be able to survive the lies behind it.
Directed by Sam Kretchmar and written by Kretchmar and Michael Angelo Covino, Keep in Touch has a true ring of authenticity about it. Lead actors Bachand and McPhee are very natural and have great chemistry but it is the dialogue that really enhances their performances to more than that of your average indie drama. The arc of Colin trying to recover from a crisis and move on with his life while trying to use the past as a crutch is probably something many viewers will be able to relate to in one way or another. Colin is damaged and just looking for purpose and happiness. But he doesn’t always make the right path choices to get there. Bachand plays Colin as a regular guy, a guy who has made bad choices and kinda still does, but who ultimately is just looking for a way out of misery.
Then there is Gabi McPhee. This is her first feature film role but you wouldn’t know it based on her great on screen allure, her naturalistic acting style and her talent playing a musician. She must be a singer/songwriter in real life; she is too good for it to just be for the role. But she has a vulnerability to her that is instantly relatable. She also bears a striking resemblance to Chloe Bennet from TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they could pass for sisters. I hope everyone involved in Keep in Touch gets noticed thanks to this excellent little film, they are all very talented filmmakers and actors.
Keep in Touch is playing in select theatres across the USA and hopefully will be seeing a DVD release in the near future.