Saturday, April 3, 2010


By D.E.Levine

A New Directors/New Films 2010 Selection

Director: Eric Mendelsohn
Writer: Eric Mendelsohn
Cast: Embeth Davidtz, Edie Falco, Elias Kosteas, Rachel Resheff, Kathryn Erbe, Ann Arvia, et al.
Producers; Rocco Caruso and Amy Durning
Executive Producer: Fred Berner
Co-producers: Bogdan George Apetri, Jennifer Grausman, Liz Manne, Atilla Yucer
Original Music: Michael Nicholas
Running Time: 85 Minute
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Drama

3 Backyards is boring. It moves very slowly, probably because none of the characters are developed, which means the viewer cannot relate to anyone.

The story takes place in the Long Island suburbs, concentrating on events in one day in the life of residents of three different households. While the scenery is pretty, the stories drag and the underdeveloped characters are uninteresting.

While the characters may be living lives of quiet desperation, the viewer never really becomes involved enough to care about any of them.

To make things worse, the film begins with some eerie music which rises in a crescendo that portends of mysterious or dangerous events about to happen. Nothing that happens rises to the level of the music.

Granted, director/writer Mendelsohn has developed three short stories in the same neighborhood and once begun he brings each to a conclusion, so the film is complete, but still essentially boring.