Friends, Foes & Fireworks

 (12)6.01 h 15 min201816+
A group of female friends reunite for a New Year's Eve celebration but old tensions resurface and past rivalries reignite, causing the night to descend into chaos and sparks and revelations to fly like fireworks.
Sarah JayneIvan Malekin
Lara DeamWhitney DuffGenya Mik
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Asleen MauthoorJess RileyDan Hill
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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsEavesdropping on Explosive Friendship Dynamics
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Ivan Malekin and Sarah Portelli co-direct the inspired, "Friends, Foes & Fireworks," a thoroughly entrancing drama that leverages naturalistic acting and framed-but-often-improvised dialogue to drive its terrific story.

At the end of the year, Fiona Day (Lara Deam) receives a medical diagnosis that stops her in her tracks. Self-ostracized by her resulting anxiety, she forcibly reengages by hosting a New Year's Eve party with female friends. Whatever Fiona's expectations might've been, they're soon shattered into a fine mist, as unresolved tensions bubble up and explode through the fault lines. New Year's Eve is the quintessential time for self-reflection, and each of these women have now given each other a lot to reflect on.

Aptly-named, "Friends, Foes & Fireworks" is a great ensemble piece driven by consistently compelling performances from Deam, Genya Mik, Jess Riley, Whitney Duff, Asleen Mauthoor, and Daniel Hill. It's a great credit to its filmmakers that we feel like we're the collective hidden camera eavesdropping on the party's slowly simmering dynamics. The film's inspired storytelling and conspicuous actor chemistry will command your rapt attention throughout.
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JDReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsIncredible film
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Shot in one day! REMARKABLE . from beginning to end. The parts were portrayed well, It kept my full attention. I give AAAAA+++++ props to this film. Locations were superb. Hope to see more from this filmmaker.
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cbaxReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsShot in one day
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So, I guess this film was shot in one day? As a Fimmaker myself, that is pretty incredible. Not to mention that the film actually came out pretty well done. I gotta say that's pretty impressive. The performances and relationships between the characters were pretty well done and overall I really enjoyed this film. Thanks!
JKReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsIntimate Aussie Comedy/Drama with Shades of Linklater
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If you're a fan of Richard Linklater's early works, especially his "Before..." Trilogy, you'll more than likely love this movie. It's small and intimate, and it's nice to see a movie about regular people at a moment when we have so many superhero films being made - definitely worth a watch, especially because it doesn't overstay its welcome.
R. B. RipleyReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Absolute Film Lover's Delight
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That this entire movie was shot in one night (and on New Year's Eve!) is impressive. But don't let that overshadow a wonderful story that's populated by complicated, flawed and human characters. A rare thing happened for me while I was viewing - I got lost in the characters and story so much that it was more like spending an hour and a half with people I knew and care for. Bravo to this entire cast and crew and I can't wait to see what comes next from these talented filmmakers.
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TriReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsVery well done
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This film was shot in one day, which is an amazing accomplishment. Even more so when the result is this: good performances and some truly touching moments. Well orchestrated, directed, performed, etc. Well done!
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J. HortonReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 starsWell acted / touching
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The actors were good (for the most part) it was moving in places, well shot. I epsically dug the score.
SUper impressive given that, according to the filmmakers, it was shot in one evening on a new years eve.
Eduardo CastrilloReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsso good!
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I really enjoyed this one a lot! Check it out, well worth it!
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