Competition Narrative Features
This is Where We Live
DIRECTED BY JOSH BARRETT AND MARC MENCHACA
USA, 2013, 92 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE/2ND US SCREENING
Noah, a man haunted by his past, enters the world of a rural Texas family where troubles define the shape of their life. He hires on as a caretaker for August, an intelligent young man who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. August’s sister is an alienated teen always on the edge of anger, his mother is overweight and dangerously hypertensive, and his father is showing signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s. Potentially maudlin, predictable, and overly sentimental, this remarkable drama instead turns every cliché on its head as it takes us into a world where the human spirit is most accepting and transformative. These are people for whom love is a matter of fact and life remains a gift. Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca’s insightful co-direction leads the accomplished cast (including Menchaca himself and Barry Corbin) to extraordinary and subtle performances as they realize the sensitive screenplay. Not to be missed.