High as the Sky
Caroline Fogarty, Bonnie McNeil and Laurel Porter
Directed by: Nikki Braendlin
a glorious film. And, it’s chickbabe driven behind and
in front of the lens. Send the boys out. This one is for the
ladies. Nothing will blow up and there's a lot of feeling
here. 'Nough said?
goes…Margaret (Caroline Fogarty) has
just gone through a bad break up. She is not coping so well.
But her feelings are manifesting themselves in a nasty outbreak
of OCD; she's in dire need of intense order from her immediate
on to that image... because in swings her older sister and
niece, Josephine and Hannah (Bonnie McNeil and Laurel Porter)
for an unannounced visit. And the duo is far from orderly.
They are flamboyant, giddy, charming and boiling over with
love and life. And, in a very real way, just what Margaret
needed and dreads most.
the audience, you know something is up, but can’t quite
foretell the story’s end. Brilliant. When was
the last time you did not see a film’s direction ten
minutes in? As High as the Sky draws you in and gets very
characters are delightful, the performances each a caliber
not seen very often in “lower budget” films. And
when you watch the extras, which you must, you discover 17
days and capelinni noodle-like budgets can still a masterpiece
make. That is because these gals – all the leads are
women – are exquisite. Laurel Porter is going to break
your heart, and both Fogarty and McNeill will be etched into
your spirit; they are so real.
director Nikki Braendlin has really created an emotional powerhouse
of a story and managed to place it (gorgeously) within the
confines of a beautiful set/home. And this lady has built
up an arsenal of talents tinkling behind the words. First
up is composer Kristen Baum who gives each player their own
theme no less); listen for the subtle instrument choices.
In fact, every “key” person who worked on the
film is a woman. That’s very cool, and unusual. The
extras have a quick-but-wonderful discussion about key elements
that help As High as the Sky blossom. Director of photography,
Tarin Anderson, explains her techniques and use of camera
- and film students buy AHSTS if only for the three featurettes
that offer glimpses into how to make a very personal quiet
and moving film pop to life on a big screen.
a few of these as you’ll want to share it with your
film club. You don’t have one you sniff towards your
iPad? Start here.
recommendation: Organic PB&J sandwiches
on gluten free bread and a box of Kleenex brand tissues.