After 8 days of movies at the Regal Theatre in Winter Park, I finally get to see my first film at the Enzian theatre. I’m not overly excited about any of the films showing today so first on the list is Think of Me. This sad, depressing narrative is about a single mother, Angela, struggling to raise her daughter, Sunny. It was a slow start, slow middle, and, well, just a slow movie.
Poverty or not, you should never leave your 8 year old child home alone so you can work at night. And when the going gets tough, who thinks about selling their child for $20,000? I’m glad director Bryan Wizemann stayed after the screening for the Q & A because there were so many questions that needed to be answered. I don’t think I smiled or laughed at all during the film, talk about a downer.
Bryan wrote the script himself. He said, “The spark of the idea only takes a minute but then 2 years to play it out.” He continues, “When I wrote this my wife was 8 months pregnant. I wanted to write a story about a woman who sold her kid. It became a very personal story. I realized I subconsciously used things from my life.” Bryan stated it was a “fictional story but ended up being close to home.”
Bryan doesn’t consider his film to be political but wanted to get numerous points across. He talked about “being a mother on its own is a full time job” and that “single mothers have to do all the work. My father took off and left the country when I was 10 or 11 years old,” he said.
When someone from the audience asked what Bryan hoped to evoke from the audience seeing the film he said, “I don’t know. When you’re writing the script and weeping away 99% of the time, the audience will feel the exact same way.” He ended with, “The American working class poverty is 40 million and that’s what a lot of people have to live with.”
The audience really seemed to like this movie. I think the music and acting were great, but I wasn’t feeling it. It’s hard to watch 103 minutes of a movie that doesn’t have one ounce of joy.