Film Review: Socks and Cakes (2010)
Published in Cinemarolling by PeterSanderson, on October 20, 2010
Peter Sanderson reviews the dramatic short SOCKS AND CAKES from Antonio Padovan.
The exquisite dramatic short Socks and Cakes, written and directed by Antonio Padovan and produced by Red Rock Entertainment and Kimistra Films, delves briefly into the lives of five people, all brought together for a dinner party where they muse on their lives, loves and frustrations, with two of the guests, Harry and Amanda, discovering some deeply hidden truths about themselves.
The film stars Timothy J. Cox as Harry, a rumpled literature professor who still loves his ex-wife Amanda, played by Kirsty Meares, who is co-hosting a dinner party with her current husband, a bit of a cad, Richard (Jeff Moffitt) in their Lower West side apartment in Manhattan.
Amanda has a lot on her mind right now. Her marriage to Richard is in shambles, while a former lover David (Ben Prayz) and the sullen Harry (Cox), currently wallowing in a well of self pity over where his life has gone (but in reality it’s that he let his true love slip away), are expected guests at this party. Upon David’ arrival, Richard, always on the prowl it seems, becomes impressed with David’s girlfriend, the young and sexy Sophie (Alex Vincent). Harry is equally impressed with Sophie, but because he can’t believe that she’s with an idiot like David. After dinner, Richard’s flirtations towards Sophie heat up (he’s not subtle), while Amanda admits to Harry that not only was she intimate with David, but that her marriage to Richard is over.
Nothing is resolved in this one night, as these kinds of problems never are resolved in just one night. The fact that these people confront these issues head on is the focus of the film. Better to get it all out, then keeping it in, buried, where it can fester and therefore, get worse.
Socks and Cakes is extremely well made, from the fantastic camera work by director of photography Alessandro Penazzi to the pleasing performances of the entire five person ensemble. Cox and Meares lead the way with two strong lead performances as Harry and Amanda, respectively. It’s very easy to make a role like Harry a bit of a downer, but Cox, even at his most droll, manages to imbue Harry with a certain sweetness, humanity and likability. In the end of the film, you see why Amanda was with him. Meares has the emotional burden of them and she goes all the way and delivers from start to finish.
Prayz flashes a snazzy grin in his performance as the egotistical David, while Alex Vincent oozes the right dose of sensuality as Sophie. Rounding out the cast is Jeff Moffitt, who is charm and smarm personified as Richard.
I do have one gripe with the film and it’s a gripe that many of my brethren in the film criticism community have in regards to this film (Other reviews of the film are available for reading on IMDB): The very odd title. Like my brethren, the title didn’t make much sense to me and in my opinion, hurts the films’ chances at advancement greatly, as to me it blurs the films’ meaning and impact.
If the film is given new life by a film festival and/or distributor, hopefully, a change will be made.
For now, I highly recommend a visit to the films’ official website www.socksandcakes.com for information and a viewing of Socks and Cakes.
Socks and Cakes, produced by Kimistra Films and Red Rock Entertainment; directed by Antonio Padovan; written by Antonio Padovan; producers Merry Colomer, Marta Jover, John Kontoyannis; director of photography by Alessandro Penazzi
Starring: Timothy J. Cox, Kirsty Meares, Jeff Moffitt, Ben Prayz and Alex Vincent