Sedona International Film Festival Review: Reparation

Sedona International Film Festival Review: Reparation

Reparation, in as pure and beautiful way as one can imagine, captures the torture and heartache of man reliving the past he once forgot.

In this narrative, we’re placed into the live of Bob, played by Marc Menchaca, an ex air force cop, with a gap in his memory spanning 3 years. This, along with a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, leaves Bob barely able to cope with life, and a shell of the man he once was. Whilst struggling to cope with life itself, he somehow finds love, and even starts a family. Things seem to be going well for Bob, and not only is he no longer struggling, he is thriving. Everything changes when an old friend of Bob’s from the Air Force who is seemingly friendly, yet hostile, comes to town. Enter Jerome, played by Jon Huertas, a man on a mission, a man searching for answers, searching for Reparation. The evolution of the screenplay, starting with Jerome’s first appearence, is spectacular.

This feature¬†continues to evolve from there as mysteriously Bob’s daughter Charlotte, begins having erie dreams recalling Bob’s past, the past he has forgotten. Through these dreams, and subsequent illustrations Charlotte provides, Bob begins to recall these memories, and they are affirmed by Jerome himself. This haunting element of Reparation truly drives home the empathy you have for Bob, as he realizes who he really is, and what he’s done. As the picture begins to get less distorted, and more defined, Bob realizes that he’s done something he could not undo, and he could not forget a second time. Life for him will never be the same, although he thought that the first time he experienced these moments, yet experiencing them a 2nd time is not the same, but far worse.

Playing a character like Bob, who is so complex, with so many layers and all of them on display for the audience, is no small task. Menchaca is remakable in his work in Reparation, aided by the impressive performances by Huertas, and Virginia Newcomb as Bob’s Wife. The editing in this film also adds a layer of suspense necessary for building the tension this feature needs to succeed, and the cinematography is also an enjoyable aspect of this movie.

Reparation is a feature like no other. This film is difficult to watch, and no in a sense of lack of quality, because quality defines this film. This narrative has elements that everyone can relate to, and sympathize with. I experienced fear, joy, sadness, shock, and anger throughout this story. This film is truly special, there is no other accurate way of describing it; a marvelous accomplishment by Director/Writer Kyle Ham to conjure up such a beautiful film, without overplaying any individual aspect. I hope to see this film in future festivals, and would love a theatrical release, as it is a shining example of how to write a screenplay and how to execute that script.

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