Seattle-based filmmaker Gregg Lachow's oddly beguiling film is a playful mix of absurdist comedy and domestic drama that actually works. It opens with a trio of kids standing on a Seattle street corner and asking passersby a big question: "What are you looking for?" After a restless pause, flighty aspiring actress Georgia (Megan Murphy, Lachow's wife) comes up with her answer: love. The problem is that for the past nine years, Georgia has been married to Money (Jeff Weatherford), a spiritual seeker who still hasn't found what he's looking for either. Come the Milennium (the film was shot in 1998), Money swears he's going to divest himself of all worldly possessions and start fresh; in the meantime, he's going to begin observing the Sabbath. That the pilot light might have gone out on Georgia and Money's marriage becomes apparent when the boyfriend of a friend, Carla (Cathy Sutherland), hangs himself. In a fit of grief and anger, Carla announces that she's getting rid of all his stuff and Georgia and Money are welcome to take whatever they like. They decide on a battered upright piano. But the following morning, silly bickering over a flower arrangement quickly escalates into an all out fight; by the time they get to Carla's, the only thing they can agree on is that once they get the piano home, their marriage is over. Unfortunately, no one bothered to consider exactly how they were going to get the piano back to their apartment and Georgia and Money soon find themselves pushing it through the streets of suburban Seattle. As the day wears on, Money worries about getting home before the sun goes down and the Sabbath begins, while Georgia leaves to take care of a little business of her own: She's trying to track down the identity of the secret admirer who sent her a passionate post-card nearly 12 years earlier. As the piano inches along, Georgia and Money continue to search for the things they think they want most, even as they risk losing each other. The Sisyphean ordeal at the heart of the film strongly recalls Roman Polanksi's 1958 short TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE, while Lachow's loose, improvisatory approach as well as the occasional self-indulgence feels more like Henry Jaglom. But Lachow gets the balance right: Neither too surreal nor too self-involved, the film leavens its obvious symbolism with quirky digressions and a sharp appreciation of all the troublesome details of a troubled marriage.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: NR
- Review: Seattle-based filmmaker Gregg Lachow's oddly beguiling film is a playful mix of absurdist comedy and domestic drama that actually works. It opens with a trio of kids standing on a Seattle street corner and asking passersby a big question: "What are you loo… (more)