Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 2:00 PM
This drama with many comedic parts deals with issues of religion and family. The annual Biederman vacation at the summer house starts out as usual until Seth, the estranged brother of conservative minister Thomas, arrives. Not only does Seth show up after many years, but has his boyfriend William in tow. William, by his own admission, has an unusual personality that is an acquired taste. Then there is Seth and Thomas’s sister Sharon and her husband, Chris. For years all of these family members have been carrying around personal baggage that needs unpacked. They just do not want to talk about the elephant in the room. The family matriarch, Sara, and Thomas’s wife, Mattie, along with Thomas’s two young children are the “normal” people. Explaining Uncle Seth’s “unacceptable lifestyle” to the children is a challenge for Thomas. At times, the family acts as a family should as long as “the issue” is ignored, and an unexpected alliance develops.
Dir. Mike Akel, 2011, USA, 92 mins.