Mars Horodyski's Ben's At Home was one of the nicer surprises of this
winter's Canadian Film Festival. It's a small, thoughtful character
study that shows that a good story can be told with minimal resources.
At the age of 30, heartbroken sad sack Ben (Dan Abramovici) has
decided to abandon the larger world and become a shut-in. People can
visit - and maybe even sleep over - but Ben won't be going anywhere.
He sees it as a conscious, self-actualizing choice; he's not sliding
into depression but actively embracing his isolation. And if you believe
Ben, it's not such a bad life. Who wouldn't want to play video games
all day and hang around with a cool dog like he does? But a life in
splendid isolation requires a supply chain, and Ben soon finds himself
falling for Jess (Jessica Embro), the nice woman who delivers his
The stakes are low and the conflicts modest. Will Ben smarten up
before his brother's wedding? Abramovici, who co-wrote the script with
Horodyski, plays Ben as a wounded soul who's embracing the wrong idea
for the right reasons, and Embro is appealing without tipping over into
Impossible Love Interest territory.
It's nicely observed, and at just 70 minutes doesn't overstay its welcome. Plus, cool dog.
Opens Friday (May 15) at the Carlton Cinemas. See listings.
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