‘The Teller and a Truth': Film Review

Andrew Shapter’s moc-doc looks during a disappearance of a parochial woman.

Why would a executive make a faux-documentary about a story he intends to uncover mostly around staged film-within-a-film reenactments? That’s a initial doubt outset in Andrew Shapter’s The Teller and a Truth, a design “based on loyal stories” that cares reduction about any tangible eventuality than on a wanderlust of a made heroine. The mysteries surrounding her disappearance from a tiny Texas city are most some-more constrained to that town’s residents than they will be for viewers, unfortunately, withdrawal scanty blurb prospects for this desirous though perplexed exercise.

As illusory here in reenactments and faux-present-day interviews, Truth is a story of a bank teller, Francis Wetherbee, who was kidnapped as partial of a spoliation in 1974, rescued, and afterwards left from small Smithfield, Texas not prolonged after — never to return. Actors personification Smithfield residents contemplate her disappearance and a find of her automobile in a circuitously stream with no physique in it: Did she die? Was she abducted again?

But any investigatory movement a film competence build is negated by a fact that one of a speakers, an secret interviewee who goes unintroduced until really late, seems to have all a answers; while aged neighbors and lovers are oblivious on Francis’s wiles and her displeasure with farming society, a film is already display long, unreal chunks of footage of her vital another life.

Originally a conform photographer, Shapter relates a same sensuous blurb cultured to both “imagined” flashbacks and interviews with a reporters and bankers who report a Weatherbee they suspicion they knew. He gets mislaid in a Cotillard-like eyes of Leilani Galvan, who plays a bank teller, in sequences that infrequently play like TV spots for perfume.

One probable reason not to spin this element into a correct feature, dispatch all a unilluminating faux-doc interviews, competence be that Shapter can’t trust his first-timer heading lady to act: There’s no discourse to pronounce of in these flashbacks, only an mostly unhelpful TV-grade measure by visit Robert Rodriguez co-operator Carl Thiel. Even once he starts devising answers to a questions her disappearance poses, Shapter leaves a articulate to others, with immature Frances remaining some-more a naught than a mystery.

Production company: Roadwings Entertainment

Distributor: FilmBuff

Cast: Leilani Galvan, Russell Gustave Ochoa, Helena Stoddard, Diane Perella

Director: Andrew Shapter

Screenwriters: Andrew Shapter, Nevie Owens, Patty Moynahan

Producers: Christina Fernandez, Tracy Marino, Nicole Rodan, Andrew Shapter

Executive producers: Craig Eiland, Ted Loh

Directors of photography: Josh Marr, Andrew Shapter

Editors: Nevie Owens, Andrew Shapter

Composer: Carl Thiel

Casting director: Christina Fernandez


83 minutes