“ELIJAH’S ASHES”— Acceptance



Amos Lassen

Lawrence Shaw (Andre Schneider) is a regular guy who just can’t get accepted for being who he is. He’s not straight enough for his job where he sells testosterone filled ad campaigns to beer companies and he’s not stereotypically gay enough for his boyfriend. To make matters worse, his father Elijah just died and his last dying wish was for Lawrence to go on a road trip with Kevin (Ryan Barton-Grimley), his extremely homophobic half-brother, to bury his ashes. We are with them on a journey of brotherly love and acceptance that deals with the eternal question of whether it is possible to accept someone else when you can’t even accept yourself.


While you might not expect this to be so, it is a comedy and one of the best that I have seen in a long time. The two brothers are wonderfully created characters and the journey they share is full of unexpected events and happenings. We see that there is a “deep, loving bond that exists between brothers… even ones who despise one another”.

Both Ryan Barton-Grimley and Ari Schneider, both of whom wrote the film as well as star in it, are up-and-coming talents to keep your eyes on. Everything in the move works, from the visuals to the sound, and to the acting. Because there are so many surprises, I do not want to say anymore about the plot but this is one film that needs to be on your “To See” list.

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