Writer: Sean Hartofilis (Screenplay)
Starring: Sean Hartofilis, Lindsey Dumont, George Hartofilis, Matthew Montemaro, Phoenix Catherine
Plot: Mourning his wife and their stolen life at a secluded lake house, Martin Ravin watches a tipsy young couple commandeer his canoe. Only the boy returns to shore. As Martin’s dark past starts haunting his present, we’re left to wonder if his crusade is exacting justice or simply transmitting a tragic history.
Runtime: 1 Hour 11 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Engaging Story
Story: Covadonga starts as we meet Martin (Sean Hartofilis), living alone in a lake house while grieving the loss of his wife Maggie (Dumont), he keeps himself busy with songs and housework dealing with things his own way.
Martin’s peace is shattered when a drunk young couple arrive to use his canoe, but when only the boy returns, Martin brings out a darker side one he has been hiding away from the world.
Thoughts on Covadonga
Characters – Martin lives alone in mourning for his late wife, he is going through his own process, which includes singing a lot of songs, keeping the lake house clean and remembering how special his wife was to him. He does have a darker side to his behaviour when he sees a crime committed on his land. The film mostly revolves around him, the only other characters we meet are the local detective, the boy who doesn’t return with the girl and the ghost of his wife.
Performances – Sean Hartofilis is the star on front and behind the camera, writing producing, having his hand in everything, he is the strongest part of the film giving us a performance we can both admire because we sympathise with his characters mindset. The supporting performances are good and help get the best out of Sean.
Story – The story here shows the struggle one man is having with the loss of his wife, living isolated away from people. Most of the story he just watching him go about his time, which is interesting to see, things do change when he believes he sees a crime by a couple of drunk teenagers and watching him figure out what to do with the boy is interesting as he balances his mindset. As we said there isn’t too much more to the story, it just focuses on the ideas of how people can deal with losing a loved one and that is all it needs to be.
Settings – The film is set at the lake house, which keeps the film feeling isolated like Martin and shows how the truth can be lost in the darkness of the night.
Final Thoughts – This is a nice treat of a film, it gives us a look at grief with wonderful songs, it shows how the mind can change after loss, one that will grab your attention for the complete runtime.
Overall: Delightful treat of a movie.