Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Shooting in 16mm, Chris Brown filmed this portrait of a lower-middle-class Northern California family of three women, all living in the same house: Sean (Jill Pixley) postpones college while working at a diner and driving a dying car. Gina, Sean's chain-smoking grandmother suffers a mild stroke but tries to keep it a secret. Sean's mother Jade (Robin Huntington), celebrating her 50th birthday, must decide whether or not to continue the van shuttle service she operates from her home. This is life in Livermore as the vineyards vanish, and the 20th Century comes to a close. Shown at the 1997 Mill Valley Film Festival.
generation-gap, grandmother, slice-of-life, stroke [medical], waiter