Façade (2005)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

The final hour and a half of a troubled teenager's life is recounted in real time in this independent drama. Harold (Patrick J. Adams) is celebrating his 19th birthday, but so far he doesn't feel much like partying. Not long after writing a letter to the father he hasn't seen in years, Harold says goodbye to his mother, Sarah (Marilyn McIntyre), and her boyfriend, Ronnie (Joseph Hacker), who are heading off for a vacation in Hawaii; Harold has learned that Sarah will be marrying Ronnie, which he hardly regards as good news. Harold's best friend, Johnny (Brian Bedard), stops by to show him a good time; Johnny is a hard-partying ne'er-do-well who has invited along a drug dealer named Tits (Scott Cushman) for the evening, to Harold's chagrin. Before long, Shannon (Shannon Coltrane), Harold's girlfriend, stops by; Shannon had plans of her own for Harold's birthday, and isn't happy about the presence of Tits or Johnny, the latter of whom dated Shannon for a while. Meanwhile, Tits busies himself with Kathy (Courtney Andersen), one of Shannon's air-headed friends. Before long Tits begins distributing samples of his wares and emotions are raised to a fever pitch, pushing Harold toward a terrible decision. Façade was the first feature film from writer, director, and actor Brian Bedard.




suicide, teenagers