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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