I watched this movie at the 2012 edition of Cinequest. I had no idea what it was about except for the fact that Adrien Brody was in it and that there was only one viewing of this movie. I along with some great friends went to go see this movie.
Henry Barthes is a substitute teacher who must try to make the best of his situation no matter what the odds are against him. Despite the corrupt world around him, he must try his best to do what he believes is the right thing. We see things from his perspective about three female characters that fit right into the story: a girl named Meredith who faces social problems, a teacher named Ms. Madison, and Erica who has learned to survive in the streets as a prostitute.
I felt this was an emotionally powerful movie due to the fact that one man can’t do everything, but can at least try his best to make a difference whether it be one person’s life or society around him.
I felt that most of the focus went towards Erica from Henry because she was staying at his apartment. I felt that his primary focus was on her just because she was the one he saw the most when there were plenty of people around him with problems too.
I really did enjoy it because it showed that even though society is extremely flawed, we can at least do our best to contribute to make it a better place no matter what the occupation is. Everyone has the ability to change lives for the better.
Overall rating: 3.5/5
Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic