The Little Things

"The Little Things is an indie rom-com with a supernatural twist. It tells the story of Dee (Kathryn Beck), a woman who believes she has the gift to alter peoples destinies... provided she never leaves her home. However, when her powers are threatened by the possibility of eviction, her only hope is Mitch (Chris Hillier). Her first love and ...more

"The Little Things is an indie rom-com with a supernatural twist. It tells the story of Dee (Kathryn Beck), a woman who believes she has the gift to alter peoples destinies... provided she never leaves her home. However, when her powers are threatened by the possibility of eviction, her only hope is Mitch (Chris Hillier). Her first love and the first life she affected with her special gift, but he may not be so willing to help, when he finds out his entire life has been manipulated."

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"We're soul mates, Mitch. Well, at least we were until I stepped in and started changing things. But that's why I said to you that you weren't gonna find true happiness if you became successful, because... well, we'd always be apart." ~ whacky clairvoyant DEE O'KEEFE (Kathryn Beck) confessing to Mitch Miller (Chris Hillier) why 15 years earlier she played the cruelest of stunts after giving Mitch a prediction of wealth and fortune, followed by a passionate kiss.

Making its U.S. debut during the 2011 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, this quirky little serendipitous film out of Australia works entirely due to the magnetizing performance from actress Kathryn Beck (a performance that nabbed her the *Leading Actor Award of Excellence* at the 2010 IndieFest Film Awards). I'm not saying Chris Hillier didn't turn in a good performance himself (he DID receive a nomination for *Best Actor* at the 2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival), but it's the mesmerizing intensity that boils from within Beck that gives us the unstable-yet-elegant Dee O'keefe, the clairvoyant with severe agoraphobia that helps set in motion the devil-may-care life of wealthy inventor Mitch Miller (Hillier), who just happened to be in the wrong place at the right time, a mere 15 years prior. This is one of those whimsical rom-com dramas that can find spiritual predecessors in films like THE LAKE HOUSE, SERENDIPITY and A LIFE LESS ORDINARY, to name but a few. Made for a limited budget with no recognizable actors to an American audience's perspective, you can't help but look at Kathryn Beck when she first opens the door for Mitch and say to yourself, "I bet THAT is what Ariana Richards would be doing hadn't she retired from the craft in 2001!" Yes, Beck does have a resemblance to the now-35-year-old JURASSIC PARK actress, but here in THE LITTLE THINGS, she's her own bright beacon of character complexity. The film does suffer from smaller incidental scenes that carry no useful weight, i.e., the slight montage of Mitch briefly taking employment at his high school friend's Property Sales office while wearing a ridiculous orange T-shirt, or the delivery montage to Dee's home, but scenes solely between Beck and Hillier TRULY shine on. This is a picture that also won director Neil McGregor an *Award of Merit-Best Feature Film* at the 2011 Accolade Competition, as well as *Best Film* at the 2011 Maryland International Film Festival.

It would have been nice to see more of a parallel with actress Cleo Massey as the teenage version of Dee; perhaps dealing more with her "powers" early on as a connective thread to what leads current-day Mitch back into her orbit. There's some nice cinematography and clever lighting in some scenes which accent Dee's mysterious aura. She's a character you cannot be too sure of, yet you're stuck on seeing where she'll take you right to the end! In finishing off our 4th of July weekend, THE LITTLE THINGS makes for a great Sunday finisher! Enjoy, ‘Murica!

-Steve

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