Have you ever wanted to walk out of your own life? So many of us, at one time or another, have felt disconnected to everything and everyone around us, including ourselves. Yet so few have the courage to try something new and take a big risk. In Jeremy O'Keefe's "Somewhere Slow", these questions and more are asked as we follow one woman on her courageous journey of self discovery and meaning.
The film stars "Glee" actress Jessalyn Gilsig, like you've never seen her before. She plays Anna Thompson, a woman unhappy with her job, her marriage, and her life. When an unforeseen turn of events occurs, that reveals a new avenue for her to explore, she takes a leap of faith and wanders into the unknown. She strikes up a relationship with a much younger man named Travis, played by Graham Patrick Martin ("Major Crimes"), and the real adventure begins.
Gilsig brought a real beauty and rawness to the part. On the meaning of the film, she states, "It's very relatable. You kind of want to externalize your struggle and put it on others. But Anna has a very simple realization that change starts from within. When you take the focus off your discomfort and really see another person, you start living. The idea if you open up your heart to others, you become more accepting to yourself."
The film feels very grounded because of the undeniable chemistry and interesting story-arc between Gilsig and Martin's characters. "They are flawed. They are perfectly inconsistent, like human beings are. They make mistakes. They aren't stereotypes," said director O'Keefe.
Packed with a lot of heart and depth, the film causes you to internalize and think about your own life, in whatever shade that may be. O'Keefe elaborates, "I think it's very relatable, it's funny, it's provocative, and I think it will make audiences feel something opposed to watch."
Just like nature, human beings cannot grow when our surroundings remain stagnate. "Anna's journey is one that encourages people to do something that 90 percent of the population won't do but we all want to. The film will hopefully give some sort of permission to it," said O'Keefe. "It's your life. You're the person in your quiet. You're the person in your stillness."
I saw the film almost six months ago and it has certainly stayed with me. When you watch it, you feel like you are a part of something honest and special. O'Keefe clearly has a lot to say through his art and an interesting perspective on life and love. I look forward to seeing what project he does next.
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