The Missing Girl
Directed by A.D. Calvo
Starring Robert Longstreet, Alexia Rasmussen, Eric Ladin, Thomas Jay Ryan and Shirley Knight
THE MISSING GIRL tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive graphic novelist he's hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn't missing and the discovery that it's never too late for late bloomers.
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★★★½ review by Jason Coffman on Letterboxd
Mort runs a comic and toy shop where he currently has one employee, aspiring comic artist Ellen. After the car he inherited from his late father finally stops running for good, Ellen picks Mort up to drive to work. She drives him down a street he never goes down; when he was in high school, a girl named Missy went missing and her bloody clothes were found there. The same day, Mort runs into Skippy, a mean-spirited high school classmate who dated Missy. When Ellen gets a call from a New York publisher, she has to skip work but can’t get in touch with Mort, who begins to suspect foul play when she doesn’t report for her shift. This is a great, low-key film that quietly defies expectations of genre: it’s really funny, but it’s not exactly a comedy, and it has elements of mystery and crime but they don’t really dominate the proceedings. Instead, THE MISSING GIRL is based on a slate of fantastic performances from a great cast. Robert Longstreet, who has been on a hell of a roll the last few years, is perfect in the role of Mort. And Alexia Rasmussen, who had a pretty terrifying role in PROXY last year, is great as Ellen. THE MISSING GIRL takes such care with its characters that by the end it’s tough not to want to spend even more time with them.
Fantastic Fest 2015 Day 5 coverage:
★★★½ review by Taiel Nicolás on Letterboxd
Una indie de las lindas, simples y particulares; con personajes divertidos.
★★★½ review by Gray Whitten on Letterboxd
-GIJoe and Transformers appearances in comic form!
-Cute cartoonist girl!
★★★½ review by pkazee on Letterboxd
★★★★ review by Paul Garofoli on Letterboxd
Unlikely detective story about the mysteries of loss and longing. Centered on a sad sack comic book store owner, Mort, and his quirky assistant Ellen, TMG is a character driven story about regret, missed opportunities....and the possibility of emotional growth.
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