Pickup (2016)

Jeremiah Kipp and Jessica Blank’s “Pickup” is the incredibly uncomfortable portrait of an uneasy relationship where a woman is stuck in a perpetual cycle of self-destruction that promises to become very dangerous, if she isn’t careful. Director Kipp is very wise to lead us in to a final scene that is very ambiguous and leaves the audience wondering what will happen next, and I appreciated that. “Pickup” involves a horrendous situation where once it explodes, everyone will feel the pain. And it likely involves two people that know the explosion is coming and both of them are doing everything in their power to prevent it before they have no choice but to face it.

A bold take of “Looking for Mr. Goodbar,” Kipp focuses on mother Megan. As played by Mandy Evans, she’s a woman who seeks to break the everyday doldrums of caring for her son by hooking up with men she meets online. After a quick dose of pleasure, Megan finds herself looking for more and more risky rendezvous with men online. All the while her husband spends most of his time at work oblivious to her meetings. “Pickup” is the picture of a woman who is doomed to implode at any moment and she mighty just drag everyone down with her. The characters here are lost in this bubble that we can’t possibly understand and we’re never quite sure if they simply don’t want to burst it, or are just living in willful ignorance.

Will Megan’s husband confront her or just continue living a lie that promises to escalate in to many more complications and problems? “Pickup” is a compelling drama with a collection of excellent performances from folks like Mandy Evans and Jim True-Frost. Kipp films every scene with subtle undertones including one very interesting opening shot of a crucifix brushing Megan’s bear body. “Pickup” is a remarkable short drama, and if you cross it at a festival or online, please check it out.

Screening at the Soho International Film Festival between June 15 – 22, 2017.