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Rogers Park

 

88 minutes · 2017

Drama
Set in the title neighborhood, this indie drama covers a year in the lives of four middle-aged characters: a failed writer, who earns his living at a public library; his girlfriend, who works for an alderman; his sister, who runs a preschool; and the sister's husband, who sells real estate. Both couples are interracial, though director Kyle Henry and screenwriter Carlos Treviño wisely overlook this concern, focusing instead on the characters' bottled-up professional and interpersonal frustrations. The sympathetic performances, understated direction, and thematic emphasis on lower-middle-class unhappiness all reminded me of British filmmaker Mike Leigh, and like him, Henry and Treviño know how to develop narrative momentum through a steady stream of subtle psychological revelation.


See our full review: An interview with local filmmaker Kyle Henry about his latest feature, <i>Rogers Park</i>

An interview with local filmmaker Kyle Henry about his latest feature, Rogers Park

Henry's intimate character study screens for a week at the Gene Siskel Film Center. »

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