Recapping… Taye Diggs stars alongside Julia Stiles, Melissa George and David Harbour, in a film adaptation of a 2004 Off-Broadway play titled Between Us, written by Joe Hortua.
It’s an ensemble dramedy that tells the story of two men who have been friends since graduate school and who begin to drift apart as they find wives, have children and grow up, exploring the bittersweet friendship between two couples who meet as old friends and discover their lives are tarnished by money, sex, success and children.
The film, as did the play, takes place over the course of 2 nights.
Dan Mirvish (also founder of the Slamdance Film Festival) adapted the play, and directed the film.
And after lengthy film festival run, Monterey Media has picked up North American release rights to the film, although no word on a release date yet.
I screened the film a couple of months ago, and, in short, it’s a claustrophobic work, featuring 1 pair of couples, in closed spaces, and lots of conflict, but a to watch.
Despite some pretty good acting (the film’s strength I’d say), I found it rather cold and distant. I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters emotionally, and so ultimately didn’t really care for their individual, and/couple-specific dilemmas.
I do wonder if it played better on stage, and is meant to be appreciated that way, so if you saw the off-Broadway play, chime in with your reactions to it, please.
Here’s your first full look at the couples: