Kensho at the Bedfellow

7.61 h 50 min201713+
Two-time Best Feature winner at six festivals, Kensho is a visionary, existential drama about NYC playwright turned doorman, Dan Bender (Brad Raider), as he's reeling from the death of his little sister and searching for fulfillment in all the wrong places. Inspiring and intensely personal, the independent, micro-budget film is a proud partner of the IRC's humanitarian efforts around the world.
Brad Raider
Brad RaiderKaley RonayneKathryn Erbe
DramaArthouseSpecial Interest
English [CC]
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Sahr NgaujahGrainger HinesDana AshbrookChristina BrucatoMadison McKinleyMara DaviSteven Klein
Brad RaiderSteven KleinBlake BrewerAdam Edrington
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3.9 out of 5 stars

54 global ratings

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  4. 10% of reviews have 2 stars
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JGReviewsReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Creative and Visual Experience
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Kensho at the Bedfellow is a really interesting indie film. I was intrigued at first when I saw the film festival laurels (apparently it has won a few awards on the festival circuit) and ultimately won over after watching the trailer. The film might sound familiar on the surface -- a doorman dealing with the death of a sister -- but Kensho at the Bedfellow is remarkably creative and a unique visual experience. You really have to watch it to understand. The film is described as "micro-budget," but you wouldn't know that from watching the film. In fact, many scenes are visual standouts, perhaps aided by the perfect New York scenery. Kensho at the Bedfellow is definitely a film worth watching.
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Movie GuyReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a good film!
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This is such a terrific film. I completely enjoyed it. The acting was spot on throughout the film. I loved the characters. They were all very good. This is a solid story with an engaging pace that the Director establishes early on in the film. There were no flat spots for me with this indie gem of a film. This is a good example why for many of us we enjoy watching indie films. Well the obvious here for me, is a thumbs up for this film. Bravo folks!! Well done!!
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OutsidaReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Deep, Beautiful and Gripping
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You always here people talking about a “gripping” story, so much so the phrase has lost a lot of its meaning. But in the case of Kensho at the Bedfellow I think it applys perfectly. If your like me and your a sucker for a good “coming to terms” movie, this one won’t let you down. Plus it’s beautifuly shot, acted and directed as well. Definitely worth checking out.
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JkleanReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A spiritual transformation
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This is a terrific movie with a classic Dickens esque transformation at it's core. I guess it's easy for some to be cynical about transformations like that. But I've seen them happen in life. And I was truly moved by it. The story is told with some impressive visuals that really pulled me into the movie. It's an indie but one that's really well done. A very engaging film.
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Pierre D.Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spontaneous awakening on film
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Kensho at the Bedfellow is a prototype of a personal drama, nothing like any other. It is introspective and emotional, sensual and philosophical. Yet it never feels preachy or abstract as we're grounded in the reality of New York city maelstrom vibe as well as in the mental journey of the main character Dan. Brad Raider who plays the lead man and direct at the same time is extremely charismatic with a unique blend of electric presence and too cool for school nonchalance. His co-star Kayle Ronayne is a total sweetheart and her character brings a welcome elevation early on in the movie. She is the mind opening to the world and the wider struggles of humanity, helping the hero to relate his mental state to the rest of mankind. Aaron Gilhuis wrote an intense score that sucks you down the rabbit hole with Dan and his struggles with sexuality, the NYC night underworld and his own chakras. Very clean and subtle photography by David Rodriguez. From the very granular and personal to the deep and universal, Kensho at the Bedfellow is a revelation that will challenge, surprise and touch.
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FeinfamReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just watch it and see
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This film immediately earned a place in my top favorite films I have ever seen. It has everything and more. Fantastic storyline, great characters played by superb actors, amazing visual elements, great musical score etc. This movie can literally change your life! You will laugh out loud and you will cry at the touching emotional scenes. Brad Raider has created a wonderful film you will want to watch again and again for its perfectly simple wisdom and sacred bow to the human spirit.
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Chris MaltezosReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning creative film!
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Watched 2017's existential film Kensho at the Bedfellow. It's a smart/engaging/highly original film about a man (writer/director/actor Brad Raider) on a quest to find himself among the universe while blocking the pain he feels/suppresses. Raider uses stunning visuals/a Dickens like story line/intriguing animation to create a fresh/stunning visual character study with a unique/gripping extensional perspective. Raider is a filmmaker/actor to watch! It's on Prime and definitely a must for fans of edgy/breakthrough indie fare
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Senor JoeReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Weird fun
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An indie movie for sure, but it gets more creative than most. It starts off with a giant stuffed monster cat talking to a guy so you kind of know if this is gonna be something you dig or not from the beginning. If you like a late-coming-to-maturity story, you won't find a better one on the micro indie world atm. Makes sense as to why it racked up some awards. Great stuff.

Might have to watch again.
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