Megan Griffith’s The Off Hours

 

Megan Griffiths' The Off Hours

You're awake when everyone else is asleep. You're standing still as traffic is whipping
by at 70mph. Your off hours are spent trying to figure out why you're here, whether
you want to stay, and how to leave.
In THE OFF HOURS, Amy Seimetz (TINY FURNITURE) alluringly commands the screen as
 Francine, a waitress whose liberation from her mundane existence is long overdue.
 In the dreamlike and restless world of the night shift at a highway diner, Francine's
life consists of casual encounters and transient friendships.   What she wants is
out of reach-or is it that she's lost track of wanting anything at all? When a banker
turned big-rig driver (BAGHEAD's Ross Partridge) becomes a regular, he sparks hope
in Francine.  As change begins to invade the quiet diner, Francine is reminded that
it is never too late to become the person she was meant to be.

Writer/director Megan Griffiths draws complex characters and stays true to them,
 respecting their shortcomings and yearnings for connection.  The all-star indie
 cast of THE OFF HOURS is rounded out by Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY), Scoot McNairy
(MONSTERS),
Tony Doupe (CRIMES OF THE PAST), Bret Roberts (THE VIOLENT KIND) and newcomer Gergana
Mellin.
"The Off Hours provides a reverse angle for a road movie, focusing not on the people
passing through but on those who stay behind." - Variety

"The story is simply perfect." - College Movie Review

 

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