Dirs. Dan SicklesAntonio Santini
(101 min,United States, 2017)
Grand Jury Prize, US Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Dina, an outspoken 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiancé Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Dina and Scott are adults with developmental disabilities in a world blind to the value of their experience. They fall head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, and Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants nothing more than to share with Scott all she’s learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her creative attempts to draw out more intimacy from Scott are met with reluctance, exposing anxieties and insecurities.
Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott’s vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina’s racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dina captures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.
-Note Adapted from the Sundance Film Festival
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