“TWO BROTHERS AND TWO OTHERS”— Dealing with Life and Death

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Two Brothers and Two Others”

Dealing with Life and Death

Amos Lassen

A gay brother and a straight brother move in together after the death of their mother. They try to reconnect after having been separated for six years. This film proves that a lot of money is not necessary to make a good film. This is a sincere and sensitive look at our lives and has extremely good performances. As Chad and Riley try to find themselves and one another, their lives come together with love and reconciliation. While they may never be able to really regain their losses, they do come together. They both find what went wrong in their relationships and the time came to repair that. This is a touching story about dealing with family and with lovers.

Each brother is on a journey to see what their futures will be, and how it would resemble their parents’ relationship. This movie vividly depicts two brothers that have been raised in such a family and they feel as if they are doomed but are willing to go through the pain and with their past and the weakness in their personalities.

Riley Adamson (Norbert Orlewicz) comes to live with his older brother Chad (Cody Campbell) after their mom dies. Chad had some severe problems with their parents and they all come out when Riley arrives. Riley meets Gavin (Kevin Macdonald) and falls in love. Chad has a girlfriend Tobie (Karen Kae) and things slowly escalate and finally explode.

The movie is in black and white and it is grainy, off focus, but that becomes unimportant as we enter the lives of the two brothers. Different stories and very different issues – slowly unfold and as the characters gain more density. It starts with a character’s words about his mother, and it ends with his mother’s words about the characters. In a perfect circle, where at its end everything can happen, like tracing a beginning where the characters have grown, but still do not reach a conclusion.

Included on the DVD are two short films by writer/director Lawrence Ferber. The first “Cruise Control” runs only 6 minutes but establishes so much about character and the theme… and is pretty funny. The second “Birthday Time,” runs 19 minutes and makes the whole DVD worth every penny you pay for it. In just 25 minutes Lawrence Ferber firmly establishes himself as an important talent with an insightful, honest voice.

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