Film Preview: Five Nights in Maine (2016)

Page Revisions:

(July 31, 2016) Original

Release Date:

August 5, 2016


From IMDb: “A young African American man, reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter’s death.”

Poster Rating: C-

Review: Would it kill these independent films to put a few more dollars into their art budget. Taking a simple shot from the film and turning it into a poster does not work most of the time. This is another prime example where everything is lost in translation and the complexity of the narrative is pointlessly reduced.

Trailer Rating: B

Review: From the opening moments of the trailer, something feels off-kilter about the production. The look and structure make it look like a hand-me-down indie forced to find funding with the smallest and least experienced distributors. The viewer will want to believe talents like David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez are going to make the film better, but there’s still an underlying worry. The bonus to this all is that the selection of musical accompaniment is quite lovely.

Oscar Prospects:

I’d love to say that both David Oyelowo and Dianne Wiest would be Oscar contenders for this, but the film’s August dump, the midst of the wasteland, suggests there isn’t much faith in the film at all.

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