5.31.2005

Welcome to September

Love’s complexity is explored in its many forms and eludes the observer of the true nature of existence. One man discovers how love in its many forms can feed the soul in “Welcome to September”, a film directed by Phillip Scarpaci.
Drew has recently moved from Ireland to America to work in the carpet selling business. His lonely, loveless life becomes plagued with visions of a beautiful woman in a painting. He is enamored by the whimsical, exotic appeal of woman and blind from the possibility that true love may be in front of his nose.
Scarpaci’s film has won awards for this fantastic exploration of love and life in its unlimited dimensions. What one discovers from watching this film is that beauty evokes longing, but its implications may prove to be more lustful. What one also discovers is that although this is an intriguing storyline, the delivery doesn’t always follow. In a cast of boring characters and slow scenes, the editing style isn’t far behind to ensure the viewer some refreshing yawns. Pick up the pacing with more diverse plot lines and there may be a chance for this film to enter the arena with more well-known romantic films. It will also tighten up the relationship between Lucy and Drew, so it will appear less forced and contrived.
Not only is Drew’s feelings for Lucy muddled but so is his relationship to the drunk in the bar. The drunk sputters clichés and Drew is enlightened, but the talking scenes are utterly boring and rarely move the story along. Lucy’s attachment to Drew is ungrounded because Drew has made it very clear that he’s in love with the girl in the painting and not the art of painting, which is the topic that attracted Lucy.
Scarpaci has without a doubt established a superb basis for a film. His romantic vision may be as hard to distinguish as an impressionist painting, but his strokes of genius identify this film as a potential work of art.

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