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MILK AND HONEY
Special Jury Prize Atlanta Film Fest
Critics' Choice "Joe Maggio has a thing for John Cassavetes: he brings his actors together to shape and reshape their characters long before the cameras roll, then shoots so quickly their interactions seem spontaneous" -Chicago Reader
"The acting is so intriguing, the plot so unpredictable and the imagery so vibrant, the whole thing is compelling from beginning to end." -Premiere Magazine
At a New York City cocktail party, an emotionally troubled stockbroker re-proposes to his wife of ten years and is rejected and humiliated by her in front of friends and colleagues. So begins Milk and Honey, as Rick and Joyce Johnson (Clint Jordan and Kirsten Russell) find their union complicated by past and present infidelities and the accompanying anger, resentment, and guilt. Under cover of one increasingly bizarre night in the city that never sleeps, the couple takes separate paths. Will they remain together? Writer-director Joe Maggio (Virgil Bliss) addresses the difficulty of honesty in relationships, by using New York's streets, avenues, and subway to construct a web in which the fate of his characters are interwoven with adroit meticulousness, as his remarkable ensemble cast adds even more depth to this thoroughly dynamic film. Tense and unpredictable, this superbly acted drama (vividly reminiscent of the extraordinary work of John Cassavetes), reveals the connections we make and those that are made for us, as adults try to find meaning in a disconnected world of loss and regret. Featuring the original music of indie filmmaker Hal Hartley, Fischerspooner and Yo La Tengo.
Directed by Joe Maggio, U.S.A, 2003, BetaSP, 90 mins.