Gabi on the Roof in July
Gabi On The Roof In July

Film Title

Gabi on the Roof in July

Screening:

    Sunday 02 October 16:45
  • All Tickets £10.00

Runtime:

100 mins

Director: Lawrence Michael Levine Country: USA
Writer: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kate Kirtz Original Format: HD
Dir. of Photography: Aaron Kovalchik Print Source: Sophia Takal
Producer: Sophia Takal, Katherine Fairfax Wright
Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Amy Seimetz

Film Details

European Premiere

Official Selection Feature

Short Synopsis:

A portrait of young New York and the misguided hopefuls who can't afford to live there but do anyway. Gabi on the Roof in July is an ensemble comedy about ex-girlfriends, sibling rivalry and whipped cream set in a city that's constantly in flux.

Review:

Gabi On The Roof In JulySam, a struggling artist played by writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine, is not having a good summer. He’s torn between his neurotic steady girlfriend and his equally neurotic ex, he’s not sure whether he can make the rent, and worst of all his little sister, Gabi, is sub-letting his spare room. Gabi turns up with her hamster and her friend Dory in tow and immediately sets the hormones of every male in the vicinity racing. She is a force of pure, flirtatious energy that tears apart the double standards and hidden motives of the characters, pouring gasoline onto their bonfire of vanities.

A low budget drama with a meandering, dialogue driven approach to storytelling and a cast of confused twenty-somethings, Lawrence Michael Levine’s film declares itself to be a part of the mumblecore movement, yet his grasp of the drama is anything but uncertain. Gabi, played with real verve by Sophia Takal (who also edited the film), is his secret weapon. Despite being initially as annoying as the false aspirants she comes up against, as the film progresses Levine actually manages to elicit sympathy for her; the sassy college girl exterior melting away to reveal a vulnerable girl beneath. Such a surprising transition reveals the subtle depths of his characterisation, which is hardly surprising given Levine’s background in theatre. Sam may have wrecked two relationships and several friendships, but at least he becomes closer to his sister. It’s just a shame an innocent hamster had to die in the process. 

Dean Bowman

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Practical Information

Screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street
SW1Y 4LR
London
www.appollocinemas.com

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