Gold Star Debut Feature Features The Late Robert Vaughn In His Final Screen Apprarance (2019)
A clearly personal effort for its director/ screenwriter/ star victoria negris debut feature is notable for the powerful supporting turn by the late robert vaughn in his fianal screen appearance. Delivering a mostly silent performance as the storke afflicted father of negris central characters the veteran actor embodies the anguish of a once vital man reduced to pointing at worlds as his sole means of communcation. The semi autobiogaphical gold star features negri as vicki a twentysomething woman who once aspired to a classical music career but now makes her living such as it is working part time at a health club. Her life changes dramatically when her much older father carmine vaughan suffers a stroke leaving vicki mother catherine curtin overwhelmed by the responsibility of caring for him.
While many dramas of this type would have presented vicki as selflessly rising to the challenge of helping to care for her infirm parent negri plays her character as self absorbed and often irritated at her father childlike helplessness. But then vicki is adrift in pretty much every area of her life including her relathionship with her boyfriend max rhyser which we evently learn has a dark side. She does however find comfort in the form of chris jacob heimer with whom she has a meet cute when they literally bump into each other at the hospital where both their relative are being treated. Warm kind and self effacing chiris provides the sort of non judgemental support that vicki craves more desperately than she realizes.
The deceptively titled movie one would have expected it to concern a military family has many emotionally resonant moment. But its lack of focus betrays the inexperience of a beginning filmmakers. The narrative frequencly wanders into unfulfilling tangents several of the characters are barely developed and we never get a sure sense of where the story is suppposed to be going. We also long to see more interactions between vicki and carmine but he disappears from the action for long strethes at a time.Gold Star Debut Feature Features The Late Robert Vaughn In His Final Screen Apprarance,