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, "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
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 desire. 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 owners (Patricia Belcher and Bart Johnson). 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. Bart Johnson is the
skeptic in this story, yet he too takes to Jane's honesty and work ethics. 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
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: 84 Minutes.
July 13, 2020