‘The Ring Thing': Film Review | Outfest 2017

Drama and documentary brew as a integrate of actresses and a garland of genuine people crush out their views on happy marriage.

Now that happy matrimony is authorised (at slightest for a time being), we are starting to see films not about a onslaught to get married yet about conflicts between couples who contingency confirm possibly or not to tie a knot. An enchanting if injured scrutiny of this theme, The Ring Thing played during Outfest and other happy festivals. Despite a best efforts of dual appealing leads and a timeliness of a subject, a film doesn’t have a piece to mangle out into a incomparable marketplace.

Sarah (Sarah Wharton) and Kristen (Nicole Pursell) are on a beach in Provincetown when Sarah brings out her divorced parents’ matrimony ring, that she detected while cleaning out some family possessions. Kristen misinterprets this as a proposal, that is not during all what Sarah had in mind. This army a fight between a dual women about their destiny together, and they find that they have anomalous views on marriage. Sarah happens to be a documentary filmmaker, so she and her business partner Gary (Matthew Connolly) confirm to talk several happy couples who are possibly married or divorced to try to enhance their possess personal viewpoint on a subject.

The film is an desirous brew of novella and documentary that doesn’t utterly jell. One problem is that a many people interviewed on camera only don’t offer really revelation memories or opinions to strengthen a film’s exploration. It also doesn’t assistance that a conflicts between Sarah and Kristen keep removing reiterated yet being deepened. The dissection of Sarah’s relatives clearly contributed to her fear of marriage, and Sarah eventually interviews both relatives as partial of a documentary project, yet these scenes aren’t as trenchant as they need to be. Another predicament is combined when Kristen loses her pursuit and afterwards is offering a new position in Seattle, so a time is ticking as a dual heroines try to establish their regretful destiny.

Wharton and Pursell are both immensely enchanting and always believable, so we do find ourselves invested in their dilemma, even when a book (by executive William Sullivan and Derek Dodge) seems to be only treading water. Sarah’s partner Gary has recently been by a dissection himself, yet this is treated too sketchily to supplement most clarity to a film’s review of happy relationships.

Technical credits are competent, yet Sullivan (editor as good as director) lets a pacing dwindle during times. The New York and Provincetown settings are decently utilized. The obscure finale is a cop-out and a mistake.

Cast: Sarah Wharton, Nicole Pursell, Matthew Connolly, Peter Jensen, Cheryl Pickett
Director-editor: William Sullivan
Screenwriters: Derek Dodge, William Sullivan
Producers: Jess Weiss, Sarah Wharton
Executive producers: Abraham Brown, Derek Dodge, Jim Stephens, William Sullivan
Director of photography: Derek Dodge
Production designer: Nicole Pursell
Costume designer: Julie Klobusicky

No rating, 112 minutes