Martin just started a new job in Reno, Nevada, far from his grown children. As the volunteer coordinator for a charitable organization, Martin matches released prisoners with mentors who help them readjust to society. One day, he fills in for one of the mentors by picking Travis up from prison, where he has just been released after serving 12 years. Martin and Travis—both of them lonely, alienated by the theatrical religiosity of some of the volunteers, and unmoored from their past lives—make a tentative connection that slowly grows more trusting, even as they both try to figure out the expectations for this unusual relationship.
Quiet and contemplative, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER explores the hesitant starts and stops that come with friendship in adulthood, and the difficulties of reaching out both to get help and to give it. As Martin and Travis, Paul Eenhorn and Richmond Arquette give understated performances that touch on the delicacy of burgeoning trust. As the two men learn more about each other, we confront our own biases and reconsider the assumptions we make about those in circumstances different than our own.