DIFF 2017: The Big Spoon

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An invasion of privacy makes for a light dark comedy in The Big Spoon, starring Mallory Culbert, Zachary Knighton, Isabelle McNally and Agustin Silva. Mallory plays Mallory, an elementary school teacher who takes in her best friend Elise (McNally) and Elise’s South American boyfriend Lionel (Silva). Mallory’s boyfriend Ben (Knighton) is not pleased with the arrangement and decides to move out.

Culbert and director Carlyn Hudson co-wrote the script, and the collaboration gives a nice layered mix of characters. Sometimes light, sometimes dark, there is no denying the uncomfortable reactions to the situations these characters dropped themselves into. Like Lionel who is suddenly always in Mallory’s and Ben’s space, initiating a deterioration in the relationship. In the meantime, best friend Elise is blinded by Lionel’s Latin charm and doesn’t comprehend the reality of her own situation.

I interviewed Culbert and Hudson about the film, the process of co-writing the script, casting choices and their Texas connection at the Dallas International Film Festival.

 

Catch one more screening of The Big Spoon Saturday, April 1 at 10 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater.

 

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