Let me just say this upfront — “The Other Side of the Tracks” won the audience award at the Kent Film Festival, so who cares what I say?
For those still reading, “The Other Side of the Tracks” was written by Connecticut’s own A.D. Calvo and was produced, in part, by Michael Bolton.
Yes, that Michael Bolton.
It has a great sense of place — turning (I think) Wallingford into a rural dreamland.
It has a stunningly beautiful cast, especially Tania Raymonde, who exudes “I am a movie star” charm.
Yet the movie goes nowhere — and takes 90 minutes to get there.
Brendan Fehr stars as Josh, a sullen 29-year-old who can’t get over the tragic death of his high school sweetheart 10 years earlier.
Into his stagnant “life” walks Amelia, a 19-year-old waif who immediately falls for Josh and hopes to break him out of his depression.
There’s something mysterious about Amelia — and Josh starts seeing dead people, sort of.
“The Other Side of the Tracks” is an indie film that leads with its chin, being way too obvious in its script and intrusive soundtrack.
The music sounds melancholy (think “Coldplay”) when the script calls for the audience to feel melancholy. It sounds dark and spooky when the script wants the audience to be spooked.
At one point, a character actually emotes through a Chevy Camaro. And the constant train references — the train diner, the trains that pass by, the guy who won’t cross the tracks. The presses publishing Cliffs Notes don’t carry this much symbolism.
Did I mention the subplot about the lesbians?
Let’s leave it at that.
WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, 8 p.m. Heirloom Arts Theater
Here’s is a trailer for the film: