The backdrop of Matthew Porterfield’s new feature is the American director and screenwriter’s hometown of Baltimore. Its urban landscape plays an important role in depicting the reality faced by the film’s protagonist, a petty criminal named Keith who returns to the world of the living after serving his sentence. Coming back isn’t easy, especially since he ends up living in his judgmental and overzealous father’s home. To add insult to injury, Keith’s girlfriend—ex-girlfriend actually—wants nothing to do with him. He’s forced to deal with interpersonal relationships as well as the reasons he ended up in jail in the first place. Unemployment, no money and no prospects—it all starts to remind him of his troubled past. Especially since it seems like his old buddies didn’t forget him for a minute. Sollers Point is a simple story of growing up, learning to trust again and rebuilding father-son ties. With impressively authentic performances by McCaul Lombardi and John Belushi and exquisitely realistic cinematography, we’re transported deep into the heart of Baltimore for the film’s entire 90-minute running time.
Director: Matthew Porterfield
Matthew Porterfield, Amy Belk