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Too Graphic: Film Arcade Pencils in “People, Places, Things”

Making their second Sundance acquisition after picking up Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected, Deadline reports that The Film Arcade has acquired U.S. rights to People, Places, Things. Starring Jemaine Clement has a likeable man-child who is better at illustrating his feelings by toon, than with words, Jim Strouse‘s third feature will be released sometime this summer. While the U.S Dramatic Comp Sundance title funny-boned filled rom com was both tepidly and warmly received, I’m predicting this will make more box office dough than Grace Is Gone did.

Gist: A funny and complex story about a newly single father trying to take care of 6 year old twin girls, reignite his dating life, navigate his co-parenting relationship with his ex and continue work as a graphic novelist. In the film, a recently divorced father must navigate the unknown landscape of single fatherhood and dating in New York City, while letting go of the wife who left him.

Worth Noting: Strouse has also penned Steve Buscemi’s Lonesome Jim and the upcoming, not yet premiered John Krasinski’s The Hollars.

Do We Care?: This inoffensive, pizza box decorated, single parent 40-something attempt at second chances is the sort of film you’ll like, grow tired of, and then might have a soft spot for is carried by Jemaine Clement loveable loser character.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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