Adapting from his play, Charles Evered wrote and directed this sometimes-whimsical, mostly intense drama about a sophisticated, artsy, argumentative NY couple (Bebe Neuwirth, Peter Coyote) who invite a lonely sailor (Ethan Peck) for dinner. This film, a festival favorite, is the best of old school filmmaking in which the spoken words really matter.
Much of the production, though set in NY, was shot in Palm Springs.
Young Peck is astonishing in his sweet-natured optimism and his confident stillness. Dressed in crisp whites, it's easy to see him as an angel. In fact, some viewers are certain this was intended, but Evered is evasive.
Evered is a significant new writer/director to watch. Look for his latest film, A THOUSAND CUTS.