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Issue: Summer, 2010

Fortune (2009) movie review

Timing is Everything


A therapist sits in his office, divorce papers on his desk, a gun to his head. There's a knock on the door.

So begins Fortune, a movie with three characters and a single house.

Fortune, being so contained, has all the markings of a student film, or a small play. So few actors and so few sets makes for an inexpensive movie. Especially when there are practically no effects or soundtrack.

Likewise conflict is beloved of the student film-maker. Although Scott Cohen as the therapist gets to play a small range of emotions, Jason Shaw, who plays the interrupting character gets to pretty much yell through the 80 minutes.

Movie poster; Fortune; Festivale film review; 220x318

Movie poster, Fortune
Some men seek it. Some are favored by it. Some suffer because of it. Sometimes all at once.

Fortune is fairly well put together, altough the musical underpinings are badly handled. It is a character piece, and as such is a drama, not escapism.

If that's to your taste, go watch it.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release Jan 13 2010
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Title: Fortune (2009)
Written by: Ahmad Diba , Peter Scarf
Directed by: Peter Scarf
Running time: 80 mins

The Players: Scott Cohen, Keir Dullea, Jason Shaw

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