One year after the death of her soon-to-be husband, Sarah shapes her life according to a strict routine and not allowing herself any shred of normalcy. Upon abruptly meeting someone from her fiance’s past, her borderline compulsive habits are skewed, leading her down a path that could take her deeper into despair or finally set her free.
starring as Sarah
filmed and recorded entirely on location in NYC’s East Village
produced by Second Variety Films
Released on Amazon Instant Video
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Louise for years and she’s always my first choice for a lead actress when I begin working on a project. On ‘Fields of November’ she was a great inspiration and collaborator from the conception. She handled every obstacle that was thrown at her with grace and professionalism. The end result is a tour de force performance that covers so many facets of acting it’s really going to show off her amazing talents and beauty.”
~Chad Ritchie, producer/director/writer Second Variety Films
“The long, distant shots of Sarah, her face often contorting to grief driven tears, are daunting and beautiful. Sometimes the camera lingers and you feel like you’re seeing things that perhaps you shouldn’t be seeing. The emotional response of Sarah after speaking to another man, the guilt in her eyes and the heartache she feels due to the guilt. It’s amazing and truly representative of the constantly-there ache and punch to the chest that comes with mourning.
We see the story progress as Sarah meets a friend of her late soon-to-be-husband, a kind man with a lack of pity in his expression that puts Sarah at ease and makes her feel a connection with him. The tale then turns to one that delves into the healing process. We see Sarah, a character that is so sad and conflicted to begin with, find a reason to smile again. It’s in these moments, where Sarah, played subtly and wonderfully by Louise Flory, shows a long awaited sense of acceptance, that are really moving.
There is a scene in the film just after Sarah runs into the male character, calmly acted with a quiet charisma by Peter Castle, that she begins to find friendship with. She has shared a taxi with the man and dropped him off at his apartment before going back to her place, her routine changed and interrupted slightly. The panic and sadness in her face in this scene, where she sheds tears and looks at her watch fearfully, is one of the most effective scenes I have seen in a long time. It speaks louder than a million words could have about how lost this character has become and how stuck she has found herself after suffering the loss of someone she loved.
Chad Ritchie, the writer, director, editor and producer of the film has a wonderful way of letting the camera settle on his characters, naturally affording them a sense of realism and honesty seldom seen in film. The actors, also afforded the chance to share in the writing process, seem like they are not in front of a camera at all and merely going about their day as we watch them from some invisible speck of light in their life.
Written and performed in a way I won’t soon forget, Fields of November is a piece of cinema that lingers over the suffering that people can go through after losing someone that they love. Set under the sky of New York City, a city bustling, crowded, bright and loud, we see a quiet and grey area beneath it all, like a still lake under a giant steel bridge.
Fields of November is available now and I urge you to pick a copy up. It’s an experience you won’t find elsewhere and one I won’t forget in my lifetime.”
~Christopher Cummings ~ The Big Movie Review Blog & Nerdly.co.uk