SXSW Review: ‘Life in Color’

Life in Color Review

Mary (Katharine Emmer) is a bored, depressed nanny who’s just been fired from her job, thanks to a terrible clown named Homer. Homer (The Walking Dead’s Josh McDermitt) is equally depressed and feels bad for what happened so he offers to help out by letting her crash at his friend’s place, where he’s house-sitting. The two strangers, realizing that they’re just treading water in both life and their careers, reluctantly try and help each other pull each one out of their emotional ruts.

They’re both desperately looking for something and haven’t found that thing they think will make them happy. For Homer, is it success in the comedy world? For Mary, is it finding that someone she can trust? She’s been a nanny for so long, that she “feels nothing,” she says at one point.

The film is Emmer’s directorial debut and at times, it definitely feels like a debut film. There are some scenes that go on far too long, like a scene where they are driving home from a Palm Springs excursion or another scene where Homer and a friend sit at a bar and talk. And talk. And talk. And in another scene, Mary shows up in a wig. Why she is suddenly in a wig I never found out.

But, all that being said, there is something about Life in Color that is remarkably sweet and assured. Emmer isn’t afraid to use long, silent pause and in those pauses, we learn so much from these two damaged people. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she has up her sleeve for her next project.

Emmer and McDermitt have a nice, odd chemistry too. There are times when Mary stares at Homer with such disdain yet, we can see at the end of the stare, just as the camera turns away, there’s something there. McDermitt is really good here and you’ll realize how good an actor he is, especially if you only know him from his work on The Walking Dead.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Sonny-Valicenti-mindhunter.jpg
Sonny Valicenti of ‘Mindhunter’ on His Audition and Potentially Playing a Serial Killer
"The character that I play, and the behavior that he exhibits, was kind of all that I was told." - Sonny Valicenti on His Audition
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/griffin-newman-the-tick.jpg
‘The Tick’ Star Griffin Newman on Acting in a Superhero Suit
"You very quickly realize there’s a certain iconography and a power to wearing one of these suits." - Griffin Newman
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Idris-Elba-Mollys-Game.jpg
Why Idris Elba Believes His “best performance is yet to come”
"There was a time when I was a job actor and I didn’t know what I wanted to learn from it – I just wanted to get paid." - Idris Elba
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Frances-McDormand-three-billboards.jpg
Frances McDormand on “Being the Other” Actress
McDormand talks about her unique approach to her career and uses her latest acclaimed role as an example.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/jb-smoove-curb-your-enthusiasm.jpg
J.B. Smoove Tells the Story of His Audition For ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
"You don't know how the universe is gonna work for us. But all this plays a part in our journey" - JB Smoove