The Sheffields are on the verge of divorce, a traumatic event that is pushing their 16-year-old son to fall in love with an older woman, Odessa.
Initial launch: January 17, 2019 (USA)
Director: Melissa B. Miller
Music composed by: Dan Lipton.
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
There are no fireworks in all these little moments. A teenager named Howie becomes obsessed with an enigmatic blonde who sees every day on the bus. At home, his astute younger brother points to the bedding in a closet and says, “Dad went back to sleep on the couch last night.” But this film is up to the discreet ambition of its title. In her first feature film, screenwriter and director Melissa Miller Costanzo plays the finer narrations of Howie’s coming of age and the outcome of her marriage to unhappy and sad parents, and in sharp scenes makes those common stories feel fresh and real.
The adults in the cast are as nuanced and credible as the script. Molly Ringwald plays the mother, Carla, with a stern expression that signals all her pain and resignation while trying, without any success, to pretend to her children that the family is fine. Brian D’Arcy James creates a sympathetic portrait of a man who could have been the villain. He plays his errant but troubled husband, Tom, who seems to be mourning the way they have lost their romantic past, a genuine but useless feeling. Together, they contain a low-profile but heartbreaking scene in which Tom says he regrets messing things up, and Clara says she regrets that she stopped worrying about marriage a long time ago.
Like the mysterious woman on the bus, Jemima Kirke, with a boho look, silently records an underlying sadness. It turns out that his name is exotic enough to foster Howie’s dreams: Odessa.
One day, Howie (Brendan Meyer) catches her crying in silence. We can see in his face how alarmed he is, how much is out of his depth. It is one of the best scenes of Meyer, in a performance that is sometimes too restricted for its own sake.
Miller Costanzo gives all these characters little quirks and an off-center dialogue, enough to be distinctive and not enough to seem forced. That balance is one of the great strengths of the film. Tom agrees to meet his wife in a hairdressing salon. She appears, but then leaves when she learns that a hairdresser is her place of choice to talk about her marriage in ruins.
Howie shows the paradoxical combination of insecurity and will so typical of youth. Make a list of conversation topics for a possible meeting with Odessa. “Marina Abramovic?” Says the slightly smaller brother, Simon (Sam McCarthy), tearing the list out of Howie’s hands. Simon is not embarrassed by the name. “I can read a poster,” he says. But he knows better than his brother who is a stretch to start a conversation. McCarthy gives such natural and clever readings that he almost steals the film.
“Either it ends or not,” Simon yells later to his parents. “I’ve been holding my breath for months.” McCarthy makes all this sound spontaneous. (I would like to see a sequel with him like that little brother with no sense.)
The most extravagant scenes are simply this part of the improbable. Howie’s friends spread the rumor that Lindsay (Harley Quinn Smith), a girl with whom she has been exchanging glances and short conversations at school, has impetigo, what they call “a meat-eating disease.” the stares, and for Lindsay to pull up her sweater, revealing her orange bra with polka dots, but not a single mark of flesh in her stomach.
Finally, Howie meets Odessa, whom he has been almost harassing, and who seems flattered by his obvious attention. After the meeting, a relationship that seems to be heading in a predictable direction takes a few different turns. Obsession, of course, is just a symptom of Howie’s unhappy mood and the precarious stage of life.
Miller Costanzo has worked in art departments in many films, and creates an experienced look, from the family home in Brooklyn with its ramshackle railing to the farmers’ market where Odessa sells vegetables grown on its roof. The fluid camera work of Adam Bricker introduces us to the life of the characters and the seemingly insignificant moments that mean everything, like the scene in which Howie and Odessa are side by side at a bus stop. He brushes her hand briefly, and she does not flinch.
There are some small lapses. Clara and Tom each have a scene, in the extreme foreground, in which they confront the camera and talk about their marriage. We can guess that they are in the office of a counselor, but the scenes are unnecessary. This is Howie’s voice-over hitting the end.
In a long episode, Lindsay tells Howie the truth behind the rumor about her. It’s a brutal story and Smith handles it well, but that’s the kind of flat exposure you fear in a small first movie. Here is a rare misstep.
Even if Howie is as good as Everyman, or Everyboy, which sometimes pales with the more vivid characters around him, those others are the perfect safety net for the movie. The debut of Miller Costanzo is more than promising. It should be a wonderfully made pitch for a brilliant career.
All these small moments full movie cast
olly Kathleen Ringwald is an American actress, singer, and author. She was cast in her first major role as Molly in the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life after a casting director saw her playing an orphan in a stage production of the musical Annie.
Born: February 18, 1968 (age 50 years), Roseville, California, United States
Height: 1.73 m
Children: Mathilda Ereni Gianopoulos, Roman Stylianos Gianopoulos, Adele Georgiana Gianopoulos
Spouse: Panio Gianopoulos (m. 2007), Valery Lameignère (m. 1999–2002)
MJemima Kirke is an English-American artist and actress.
She played Jessa Johansson on the television series Girls. She made her feature-length debut in the independent film Tiny Furniture, as a favour for her childhood friend Lena Dunham, although her actual film debut was in the indie short film Smile for the Camera.
Born: April 26, 1985 (age 33 years), London, United Kingdom
Height: 1.57 m
Spouse: Michael Mosberg (m. 2009–2017)
Children: Rafella Israel Mosberg, Memphis Kirke Mosberg
Parents: Simon Kirke, Lorraine Kirke
Harley Quinn Smith
Harley Quinn Smith is an American actress.
Smith has appeared in the film Tusk and its spin-off Yoga Hosers, both written and directed by her father, filmmaker Kevin Smith. Wikipedia
Born: June 26, 1999 (age 19 years), Red Bank, New Jersey, United States
Height: 1.73 m
Residence: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
TV shows: DC Daily
Parents: Kevin Smith, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith
All these small moments trailer release date
Release. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2018. OnOctober 18, 2018, Orion Classics acquired distribution rights to the film. The film is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2019, by Orion Classics.
All these small moments imdb rating
Rating: 6.6/10 – 85 votes
A teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus further complicates his already tumultuous adolescence.
All these small moments imdb cast
- Molly Ringwald as Carla Sheffield.
- Brian d’Arcy James as Tom Sheffield.
- Brendan Meyer as Howie Sheffield.
- Sam McCarthy as Simon Sheffield.
- Harley Quinn Smith as Lindsay.
- Jemima Kirke as Odessa.
- Roscoe Orman as Dr. Rogers.
- David Joseph Craig as Customer.