10 Items or Less
|Programme: ||SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS|
|Director: ||Brad Silberling|
|Time: ||82 minutes|
|Film Types: ||Colour/35mm|
Executive Producer: Morgan Freeman
Producer: Lori McCreary, Julie Lynn, Brad Silberling
Screenplay: Brad Silberling
Cinematographer: Phedon Papamichael
Editor: Michael Kahn
Production Designer: Denise Pizzini
Sound: Robert Anderson
Music: Antonio Pinto
Principal Cast: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Kumar Pallana, Anne Dudek
In 10 Items or Less, an established director and well-known actors strip
filmmaking down to the barest of elements, resulting in an experience so delightful,
so chock full of entertaining moments, it may leave audiences begging for more
bare-bones productions in the future.
The film opens with Morgan Freeman - playing an unnamed movie star remarkably
like Morgan Freeman - being driven to a rundown supermarket somewhere in Los Angeles
to do research on an upcoming role. The driver agrees to pick him up in an hour
- only he doesn't show up, and He (our Movie Star) finds himself stranded. His
status means he is used to being pampered; now, with a new, unprogrammed cell
phone, he discovers that he doesn't even know his own home phone number. In need
of a ride, He turns to Scarlet.
Scarlet (Paz Vega) is a crackerjack cashier who can calculate the total price
of a basketful of groceries in her head and always knows who is doing what to
whom, and in which aisle. He needs her help to get home and she finally caves
but not before making sure He knows she has other things to do along the way.
The rest of their day transforms into an inspired buddy movie, one of the finest
in recent years. He and Scarlet become tangled up in each others' lives but, more
importantly, they challenge each other about their choices, values and dreams
for the future. Written and directed by Brad Silberling (whose acclaimed Moonlight
Mile premiered at the 2002 Festival), 10 Items or Less also has fascinating
strands of piquant commentary on the pros and cons of celebrity culture: Freeman's
character freely uses his recognition factor to gain unparalleled access to anything
and everything, but Scarlet has the pleasure of introducing Him to the joys of
treasure hunting at Target.
Spare in setting and blissfully void of effects - musical or otherwise - 10
Items or Less is a sweet story of star-crossed friendship. Vega has a spunky,
take-no-prisoners snap to her that is delightful, and there is true spark between
her and Freeman, who is simply perfect as… himself.
- Jane Schoettle
Brad Silberling was born in Washington, D.C. and studied film at the University
of California, Los Angeles. He began his career directing for television and worked
on such popular series as "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue." His
features include Casper (95), City of Angels (98), Moonlight
Mile (02) and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (04).
10 Items or Less (06) is his most recent film.