3 Backyards

Friday, March 11 - Thursday, March 24, 2011

On a gorgeous autumn day in an orderly suburban neighborhood, a trio of brief, yet potentially life-altering, adventures unfolds. An emotionally troubled businessman (Elias Koteas) wanders around his hometown while waiting for a delayed flight, a starstruck housewife (Edie Falco) embarks on an peculiar trip when she gives her famous neighbor (Embeth Davidtz) a ride to the local ferry, and an eight-year-old girl takes a wrong turn on the way to school and finds herself in an unexpected adult realm.

“Impeccably crafted… Mendelsohn’s dialogue is, for the most part, as spare as poetry, and the three stories are woven together masterfully and acquire a gleaming aura that’s almost pastoral. The beautiful, woodwind-heavy score, by Michael Nicholas, heightens the dramatic tension, and the film’s emotional world is remarkably open-ended, frank, and credible. With Danai Gurira, whose heartbreaking performance as a young woman seeking work is achieved with few words, and stirringly illuminates Mendelsohn’s transfixing and exquisite style.” – The New Yorker

  • Country USA
  • Language English
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 88 minutes
  • Director Eric Mendelsohn

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