Release year: 2018
Director: David Guglielmo, Nick Chakwin
Screenwriter: David Guglielmo, Nick Chakwin
Starring: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sam Trammell, JR Bourne, Conner McVicker, Jim Beaver
With a troubled past, bed and breakfast owner Donna (Chriqui) is forced to put up with blackmail from the local sheriff (Bourne) but otherwise leads a quiet life with her autistic son (McVicker). Then one day the past comes calling as Cam (Trammell), a former guest, knocks on the door.
Chakwin and Guglielmo’s second feature film after No Way to Live (2016) lets us begin to see a pattern in the writing style of the two filmmakers. Like their first, Hospitality is very character driven film noir with outstanding dialogue and an old school feel about it, which lulls you into the story before it slowly builds up tension. It means you know and care for the characters when hell breaks loose it also means you are invested in the movie all the way through. Another similarity is, that it is once again excellent cast with lesser known faces which all deliver stellar performances. Especially Chriqui (Wrong Turn, 2003) is amazing as the mother determined to give her son the best possible life under the circumstances and said son is played by McViker (Action Point, 2018) and so well that you catch yourself wondering whether he is autistic. The set is limited to Donna’s house and the cast to the people passing by over the short run time of the movie, but you never find yourself missing more than that. Chriqui has true screen presence and the story keeps you hooked, right from the quiet struggle Donna has with the Sheriff until the tense climax. The character development in the movie is superb and there is plenty of atmosphere, but the best part is the realism caught in the well written dialogue. Another great film from Chakwin and Guglielmo.
Besides working as a screenwriter and director David Guglielmo works with casting, which is why he did the casting on the movie.
Picture copyrights: Kanddo Films