Admirable without actually being very good, Demetri Martin’s debut as a writer-director, Dean, makes a smart decision right from the outset.At its heart, this is a movie about the grieving process, which seems like inherently depressing subject matter.They’re often doomed before their stories even begin. Losers usually have obstacles they fail to overcome.
But in the kinds of films that often play at New York’s annual Tribeca Film Festival — where more than 70 films are making their world premieres this year, included — there’s a big difference. Losers, on the other hand, are about squandered potential.
It’s all about a certain kind of aggressive, lackadaisical irresponsibility.
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They create their own problems, then can’t understand where those problems came from.
They inadvertently or deliberately drag other people down with them.Dean’s father Robert (Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline) is following a more traditional model for getting through grief: maintaining a rigorous regime of exercise combined with self-help DVDs and books. your ideas about what you think you’re going to do. That meant fewer setups, fewer takes, not a lot of time to light stuff.It’s clear that neither man’s approach is sustainable, though, and the film navigates their mutual paths toward healthier places with a light, sensitive hand. I think it’s easy to love New York, and a lot of people pick on L. Because the film’s budget was under a million dollars and it was a 20-day shoot, it was extremely challenging. I had a company move across the country in a 20-day shoot. I had a lot of locations; we did a lot of moving when we were in each city. My DP, did a wonderful job with what he had to work with. I wanted to have more two-shots, or three-shots—however many people were on screen, so that your eye could travel and the actors could be more connected.Oscar-winner Kevin Kline plays Dean’s father, who’s a little farther along in the grieving process. “Dean” has Martin’s stamp all over it, with his rudimentary sketches helping to amplify the narrative.Dean becomes even more unhinged when Dad decides to sell the family’s home and start to date. In the fall, Martin’s third book, “If It’s Not Funny It’s Art,” featuring the original drawings from “Dean,” will be published by Hachette.Martin opts instead to play it primarily as light comedy, focusing on two men who’ve suffered the same loss but aren’t conscious of how much it still affects them.