By Beth Brier Abramson
Stephen Schnetzer delivers an award winning performance as Richard Flicker, a recently retired accountant. To fill his newly free days Richard pursues an old passion and takes up drawing classes. It is there he encounters Amelia played by Annapurna Sriram (Feral, The Blacklist) the granddaughter and striking imagine of his first love, Marci. Neither Richard’s wife, Ellie (Tracy Shane), nor his best friend, Kenny (Ken Baltin) seems surprised by this improbable but not impossible coincidence. Nuanced symbolism blurs where the past and the present intersect. Pause. Go back. Look carefully. Now go back to the beginning. Watch it again. You will need more popcorn.
Most adults will know someone like Richard.** We know his family. He’s our neighbor. Maybe we were at his retirement party. Like Richard, we carry our past with us. We ask ourselves, “is it proverbial baggage or a foundation to move forward?” You cannot not walk away from this film. It will lead you back.
Add to this a memorable soundtrack that draws you in and lingers long after the closing credits.
A Case of Blue made the film festival circuit during the pandemic, screening virtually and at a drive-in. It screened at the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Long Beach Island in New Jersey (billed as the world's first drive-in film festival) where the Executive Producer (Scott Rosenfelt, Home Alone, Teen Wolf), picked up a special award. It won awards at New York's Chelsea Film Festival and the Imagine This! Women’s International Film Festival in NYC where Stephen Schnetzer and Annapurna Sriram also won for best performances. In late January it will screen at the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival Virtual Film Festival, the town in NJ where many of the scenes were filmed.
Need more? A bonus for Joni Mitchell fans who will appreciate the references to her 1971 album “Blue”. A quiet film, A Case of Blue will have you talking. Perfect for a date night. Or two.
|Behind the scenes at the Retirement party scene from A Case of Blue|