A Syrian cab driver is trying to help his brother who has been rendered back to Syria by the CIA, where he will undoubtedly face torture. We will presume him to be innocent, but the cab driver is certain he is innocent and only wants to help his brother. He doesn't hate America in spite of what has happened.
A woman gets into his cab, clearly upset about her own personal issues. She asks to be driven downtown and has the cab driver park outside a house where she cries when she sees a man, woman, and child arriving home. She keys the car, and then shows the cab driver a picture of the man, woman, and child, with herself. She says she is a producer of Reality TV Shows, like "Sorry, Haters," a show that displays the lavish lifestyles of rappers to induce envy in viewers. Her husband is an artist, and the woman is their nanny; but she and her husband are estranged, and he is now with the nanny.
The cab driver is anxious to get home, as he needs to bring some money to his brother's wife. She is not ready to go home. He will drive her around, but needs to make a quick stop. As he is talking to his brother's wife, she barges in and intrudes on their life. On hearing about his brother's plight, she offers to try to get him a lawyer, but instead she steals the money he has saved to help him. His situation goes from bad to worse. He goes back to her office to find out why she pretended to want to help him, but then went about trying to destroy him.
The film doesn't really answer this riddle, but we do learn that Phoebe was not really who she said she was. She has more baggage than a sky cap the day before Thanksgiving. The tag for this film was: The dust has finally settled... for most of us. It delves into the anxieties and fears we have in a post 9/11 America, and also tackles the equally perplexing problems of loneliness, alienation, and mental illness. The film seems prescient about certain events like the arrest of Jihad Jane.
This indie film was shot in 15 days and takes on many complex and troubling issues. It doesn't really attempt to answer any of the questions it raises, but it does make you think about them. This film is not for everyone. It eschews the happy ending. Does it ever. Robin Penn Wright gives an incredible performance. She has come a long way since Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride.
[[ASIN:B002YMWQ9U The Private Lives of Pippa Lee]] (2009) Robin Wright Penn was Pippa Lee
[[ASIN:B00005Y6XC How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog]] (2000) Robin Wright Penn was Melanie McGowen
[[ASIN:0780626117 Hurlyburly (New Line Platinum Series)]] (1998) Robin Wright Penn was Darlene
[[ASIN:B00005LC4Z Forrest Gump]] (1994) Robin Wright Penn was Jenny Curran
[[ASIN:B00003CXC3 The Princess Bride]] (1987) Robin Wright Penn was Buttercup / The Princess Bride
[[ASIN:B000GI3KGC Hard Candy]] (2005) Sandra Oh was Judy Tokuda
[[ASIN:B0007VZB7E Sideways]] (2004) Sandra Oh was Stephanie
[[ASIN:B00005QJIG Dancing at the Blue Iguana]] (2000) Sandra Oh was Jasmine
[[ASIN:B000MRAAIS Double Happiness]] (1994) Sandra Oh was Jade Li
[[ASIN:B001JB3G7S Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid.]] (1993) Sandra Oh was Evelyn Lau in a film made for Canadian TV that is sadly not available on DVD
The dust has finally settled... for most of us.