Mark Webber is not only a solid actor traversing both indie and mainstream worlds (“Broken Flowers,” “The Hottest State,” “Dear Wendy,” “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World“), but he has also found his own voice and bloomed into a interesting writer/director in recent years. He released his debut “Explicit Ills” in 2009, and his sophomore directorial effort, “The End of Love” feels like another personal and intimate work. It also features a meta aspect at its core: he stars as an actor named Mark alongside his real-life, then-two-year-old son Issac. Here’s the synopsis:
When the mother of his two-year-old son suddenly passes away, struggling actor Mark is forced to confront his shortcomings. With his fate and his son’s now intertwined, he grapples with his ability to grow up – stuck between the life he once knew and the one waiting for him. When he has a meaningful encounter with a young mother, Mark is no longer able to live in the comfort of denial. Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles, this is an intimate and honest slice-of-life portrait of a father and son in transition.
“Life is just one damn thing after another, and it’s to Webber’s credit how expressively and naturally ‘The End of Love’ conveys that with no small amount of insight, grace, humor and feeling,” we wrote in our review of the picture from Sundance 2012. Co-starring Amanda Seyfried, Jason Ritter, Jocelin Donahue, Michael Cera, Aubrey Plaza and Shannyn Sossaman, a new U.S. trailer for the film has surfaced online today from Apple. Available on iTunes on January 21, the film will hit select theaters on March 1. Additionally, here’s our conversation with Webber from Sundance last year.