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ATL FF Review: Invisible Girlfriend

April 19, 2009

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The newest from David Redmon and Ashley Sabin takes one of the people, Charles, we met in their documentary Kamp Katrina, and follows his story as he rides his bicycle from Monroe to New Orleans.

Charles, who is upfront about his battle with mental illness, claims an invisible girlfriend, Joan of Arc (yes that one) who he holds all others up to in an effort to find the right woman. As Charles travels from his home, leaving his children and parents, to New Orleans to meet a female bartender that he dares to compare with Joan, he meets a variety of people.

As much as the story is about Charles, his mental illness, his invisible girlfriend, his plan for when he gets to New Orleans, the movie really is as much about the journey, the way Charles kindly talks to some fairly off-the-wall people. He is sweet and genuinely cares what others have to say and as we journey along with Charles, we begin to question, just how crazy is he really? Sure, he does things differently than most, but in a way, he is living a dream that seems fairly harmless, even hopeful.

And yet as interesting a story as Charles makes, it is the world in which he inhabits that Redmon and Sabin have a way of capturing in a unique manner. Without giving too many details, because really this is a journey that should be seen, Charles meets those characters that live along the side of roads you travel when trying to get elsewhere – those people that you wonder about their lives in a fleeting moment but never bother to find out about them. But Charles does. He looks at life in a different way and what Redmon and Sabin have done is let us view life from someone else’s perspective for a short while.

By the time Charles reaches the end of his journey, we are right there with him, feeling the same emotions as he by the time he reaches the bar in New Orleans. He captures our hearts and for that, an invisible girlfriend ends up not seeming all that crazy.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2009 2:42 pm

    I saw this at The Mag and loved it. Charles was there with Ashley & David and he was very lovely…I had many conversations with him and his new girlfriend.

    Had also seen Kamp Katrina at the Mag previously. Ashley & David have a great way of capturing unique characters in a loving way. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

  2. April 21, 2009 12:06 am

    how can I see this?

  3. April 20, 2009 6:44 pm

    This sounds pretty darn cool. And heck, Joan of Arc
    was smokin’ HOT (for about three minutes at least) !

    LOL !!! šŸ™‚

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