Now playing at select theaters, as well as being available on VOD (Video on Demand) is the film Claire in Motion. The film stars Betsy Brandt, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Chris Beetem and Sakina Jaffrey.
Claire (Brandt) seems to have it all – a loving husband, a successful career, a wonderful young son and a home.
One day her husband Paul (Beetem) takes off for a survival hike in the woods. He’s done it before. He goes off the grid for a few days in the woods, surviving on whatever food he can find. Because he has done it before, Claire does not think twice about it.
When Paul fails to return home, Claire gets worried and notifies the Police.
The Police, and Claire, search through the woods looking for Paul. After a few weeks the Police suspend their search. They fear he fell down an embankment and into a crevice and might not ever be found. They also don’t want to risk the well being and safety of the searchers.
Claire refuses to give up on her husband. Her and her son blanket their community with missing person’s posters and go off into the woods on their own looking for him.
As time goes on Claire discovers things about her husband that she never knew. She suddenly sees her husband in a whole new light, especially after meeting an art student (Hollyman) he had been collaborating with.
Suddenly Claire’s idyllic life is turned upside down. She questions everything about her husband, their marriage and ever herself.
Will Paul ever be found? What secrets and lies does she uncover on her quest for the truth and what really happened to her husband? To find out you need to go see, or rent, Claire in Motion.
Here is a statement about this film from the film’s directors – Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson.
With this film, we were interested in telling a story about something that’s been lost — both physically and spiritually. It was intriguing to give Claire a life crisis that leads to a bigger mystery, one that unravels her perception of all she knows to be true. We wanted this experience to be closely observed, and to bring intimacy to every element of the film: the acting, the landscapes, and especially the camerawork.
The world of the Appalachian Ohio college town where the story is set, with its lonely streets and manicured homes, imposing rocky cliffs and dark forests, are all filtered through Claire’s slowly destabilizing mind. Her quest to understand her shifting world after a crisis is a metaphor for universal questions: How do we keep changing throughout our lives? How does our own change and behavior surprise those closest to us, or even ourselves? Can we ever really know anyone? These were the ideas that we explored through the writing and directing of Claire in Motion.
I received a screener copy of this film to review and there were no bonus features on it.
Here is the film’s trailer for your entertainment.
From what I saw from the trailer this film looked interesting. Sadly, it wasn’t a film for me. I would consider this more of an “artistic” piece. Hopefully that makes sense.
The film replies heavily upon cinematography. It is vital to this story. You’ll see a lot of random shots (lonely house, woods, the ground as seen from above…). The film is also a bit “dark” in color. You won’t see many bright, vibrant colors. I think that helps to set the tone of the film (sad, depressing…). I also found that the images bounced around a bit too much for my liking. For example, you’ll see a scene involving Claire and then it cuts to a scene of the ground as seen from above (skydiving), then back to Claire again.
This is a “deep” film. It goes beyond just being entertained. This is a “thinking film” where you really need to immerse yourself into it to “get it.” I honestly don’t find films where I have to really think about what is going on in order to be entertained. I just want to be entertained.
Personally I found the film to be slow, boring and the ending was horrible – BUT – that is just one person’s opinion. It simply wasn’t my “cup of tea.” I have read other reviews for this film and they were glorious reviews. They loved the film. So it just goes to show, “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” as my mom used to always say. That means just because one person doesn’t like something doesn’t mean that another person won’t love it. Claire in Motion was simply not my type of film.
If’ you’d like to learn more about this film, visit ClaireinMotion.com.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.