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"Desertion" is a Hallmark card to all women caught in a deteriorating marriage.
by Erik Sean McGiven on Oct 25, 2008
"Desertion" is a Hallmark card to all women caught
in a deteriorating marriage. Skillfully
written and directed by Francine Michelle this romantic
drama stars Kim Rhodes (The Suite Life of Zach and Cody), Brian Krause
(Charmed), Robert Maschio (Scrubs), Patricia Belcher (Bones/Jeepers Creepers),
and Bart Johnson (High School Musical).
Kim Rhodes portrays Jane Nichols, an ad executive
with the perfect job, the perfect husband, and the perfect penthouse right on
Central Park. But one day she starts to
see the hairline cracks in her “perfect world’.
Her job is chaotic, she keeps throwing up, and then a test
reveals she's pregnant. Her husband
(Robert Maschio) is an artist who waits idly for inspiration and demands much
more from this marriage than he contributes.
His narcissistic nit picking strikes an irritable nerve and his
lovemaking leaves much to be desired.
The next morning blood on the bed sheets indicates she's had a
miscarriage and she decides to take stock of her life. This
woman who had everything suddenly leaves it all behind to search out the life
she once dreamed of having.
Getting on a train to the "middle of nowhere" Jane
finds herself in Waterloo, Indiana where she reevaluates who she was meant to
be. After several mishaps she finds
herself at the mercy of café owner (Patricia Belcher). When she can't pay her
bill, she offers to work it off and acquires a job and lodging. And in the process she discovers the love
(Brian Krause) that she was always meant to have.
While the film has numerous heartwarming situations, it is
the consummate acting by this talented ensemble that keeps the audience deeply
involved in this story. Kim Rhodes and
Brian Krause, both veteran television actors, have us guessing as to the
outcome of their characters' romantic relationship. They both skillfully display the
vulnerability, wants and the desires of their individual character. Patricia Belcher brings to the screen that
innate wisdom of an older woman who's seen it all and knows how to mend a
broken heart. The cook portrayed by
Freeman Coffey ("Hard Ball"), is the skeptic in this story, yet he
too takes to Jane's honesty and work ethics. Bart Johnson sympathetically
portrays the role of the small town bartender, guardian, arbitrator, and
confidant. Robert Maschio's plays the
problem husband, the catalyst that drives this story with his callous
self-centered demands. While at times
over the top, he's the irritation that festers in this wounded marriage.
Productions values are first rate and the photography brings
to light the contrast between an affluent cold relationship with that of a
meager warm loving one. The music
tenderly plays on the heartstrings with its primarily simple piano score. It leads, comments, and speculates with just
the right touch and never intrudes on the story. Editing and sound are both professionally done. The film was shot in Chicago during the
writer's strike making it a casting opportunity like that of a perfect
storm. And the result is a feel-good
movie that steals your heart.
CREDITS: Albion Entertainment in association
with Fortuity Productions & BYOB Multimedia present a story by Francine Michelle starring Kim Rhodes, Brian Krause, Robert Maschio, Patricia Belcher, and
Bart Johnson. Casting by Joel Miller;
Original Music by Dean Dinning & Joel Miller; Produced
by Joel Miller, Mark Vadik, Morris Liebling; Screenplay by Francine Michelle &
Joel Miller; Director of Photography Thomas Wood; Editor Alex Nam; Production Design Mya Schmalz; Directed by Francine Michelle. Running Time: 94 Minutes.
July 18, 2018