Life happens, as they say, when you're busy making other plans and for our protagonist Alex, life just keeps happening in a series of surprising events. Interesting characters and layered subtexts going on here. Can't say I'm crazy about the all of the photography (mostly lighting) choices here, this is Venice, Ca., after all. The lighting in some scenes is muted and dull. This is a directing endeavor of Chris Messina, who appears in a few scenes as Alex's husband. To say I'm a fan of Messina's acting, is pure understatement--I adore the actor's work. Here as director, he has done a fine job in terms of pacing, energy and facilitating the story. Editing was about right as there is a lot of ground to cover with the numerous character stories and their progression, though in some cases editing felt a little choppy--a risk in films with multi-characters. Small production quibbles: The kid should be wearing a helmet when riding a bike. Kudos for including black actors in the cast. Congrats on providing an authentic story, set and relevant back story, i.e., limiting commercial development in environmentally sensitive urban areas.