Director: Elfar Adalsteins
Writer: Michael Armbruster (Screenplay)
Starring: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger, Andrea Irvine, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Denis Conway
Plot: After being widowed, Frank Fogle reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife’s last wish of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland and a promise of taking his estranged son, Sean, along for the trip. As Sean steps out of prison the last thing on his mind is a foreign road trip with his alienated father. What he needs is a fresh start in California. But when his travel plans collapse he reluctantly accepts his father’s proposal in return for a ticket to the West Coast and a promise that they never have to see each other again. Between a disconcerting Irish wake, the surfacing of an old flame, the pick up of a pretty hitchhiker and plenty of unresolved issues, the journey becomes a little more than father and son had bargained for.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: End of Sentence starts as Frank Fogle (Hawkes) wife passes away, with his son Sean (Lerman) getting released after her death, which will see Frank try his hardest to rebuild the relationship between the pair, as he looks to take Sean to Ireland to bury his wife and Sean’s mother’s ashes.
With the two constantly at each other’s throats, a family get together that reveals a secret from her earlier life and a mysterious woman Jewel (Bolger) turns the journey into an adventure, which will see the pair reconnect like they never imagined.
Thoughts on End of Sentence
Characters & Performances – Frank Fogle has always lived a straight-laced life, though his son ended up in prison and now his wife has passed away. He wants his son to clean up his act and he also wants to follow his wife’s wishes to have her ashes spread in Ireland, this will give him a chance to rebuild the broken relationship he has with his son and learn to show more fight in life. John Hawkes is wonderful in the lead role, giving us the character that needs to feel like a calm everyday person. Sean is the son of Frank that has been in prison, he gets the last visit from his mother before her death and once released he reluctantly agrees to go with his father to Ireland, he needs to learn to be more forgiving, but his newer tough side will help his father come out the box. Logan Lerman is great in his role, continuing to show himself breaking out of the teenage roles again. In the supporting characters we get to meet the different figures from Anna’s life in Ireland that Frank gets to meet for the first time, along with the mysterious woman that comes into the guy’s lives.
Story – The story here follows a father and son that look to honour their late wife and mother by putting aside their differences and travelling to Ireland. This is a journey about saying goodbye to a loved one, while learning to put aside the problems the pair have with each other, learning more about what has caused problems in life before. The story has a wonderful journey experience as the pair have to overcome different problems along the way, learning more about each other’s strengths too.
Themes – End of Sentence use the beautiful Irish countryside for the backdrop, which will be used to show the distance the guys must travel along the basic city locations in Ireland.
End of Sentence is on digital download 10 May from Blue Finch Film Releasing