Stars: Adam Cope, Michelle Winters and Adam Pezen
However, it's also constructed well, with a great opening shot to grab us in and a decent, if predictable, ending to leave us with, while in between there's a lot of thought. As it begins, we're assaulted by loud music: a wild, bluesy number dancing with edgy feedback. It's a sonic wall, perhaps the first test for the young wife of the title. Walking through it, she discovers a painter playing solitaire with real cards, who directs her to Jack Briggs in the main body of the gallery. Briggs is a detective and Liz is the young wife who wants to hire him. She's already written a cheque and she wants to hand it over now; the trouble is that he doesn't seem to want the job. For a while he spends more time looking at the art than he does at her, but he's paying attention and deflecting her questions back at her. Clearly he isn't remotely like what she expected and, while she tries to keep the upper hand, he's adept at stealing it back again, in ways that neatly challenge her perspective.
Surprisingly, she's the most experienced of the small cast. Adam Pezen, who plays the painter, was one of The Ruffians, though he hasn't earned another credit since. He's an enticing character but he doesn't have anywhere near enough screen time to do much. As Briggs the detective, Adam Cope does. He's a well written character, built more from questions than answers, and he could easily come back for more stories, though I don't believe he has yet. It's Cope who makes him watchable though, partly because, like Jimmy Cagney, he never stops moving. He does well with his voice, intonation and timing especially solid, but he acts as much with his body. If that isn't moving, his eyes or his eyebrows or his shoulders are; it's only when his part in proceedings is done that he stops. He's also framed well, the art being put to good use, both inside and out. I'm just surprised that this is Cope's only credit. The Young Wife would be a better, if still flawed, film with decent sound but it's an interesting piece anyway.
The Young Wife can be watched for free at YouTube or Vimeo.
Details about the 52 Films/52 Weeks screening event, including trailers, can be found at the Running Wild website.