BEST FILM (2003)

Yes, it is.

Is this a movie about marriage? About the equally tricky relationship between a writer and his self-esteem? About how not drinking can be as poisonous for the addict as getting soused? About fiction's function as an anesthetizing agent in the face of real pain (and in the absence of booze)? Answer: Yes, it is. Casting himself as an uninspired husband and recovering alcoholic who pounds out pages of a hardboiled novel while struggling not to pound back drinks, Minneapolis-based writer-director-actor Patrick Coyle made the first fully Minnesotan feature to screen at Sundance, where it stood out for looking and feeling independent film.


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