Demetri Martin is DEAN, a NYC - LA story about grief and connection
Demetri Martin is the kind of comic, and overall human being that take some getting used to, at least in my case. His sense of humor is witty and somewhat alienating, which makes his stuff - be it stand-up or this first directorial debut - awkward at first, but quite heart-warming in the long run. Below, you can check out the first trailer for Dean, his newest creation.
Martin stars alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Kline in this comedic and heartfelt tale about a father and son coming to terms with love, loss and everything in between. Dean (Martin) is an illustrator whose difficulty to deal with the recent death of his mother means escaping his hometown of New York for an interview with an ad agency in Los Angeles. “I want to stop talking about how I’m not grieving right," he tells his father at some point during the trailer. In LA, however, he find a girl (Gillian Anderson) who will, of course, help him deal with his grief. His retired engineer dad Robert (Kline) takes a more regimented approach to grief, including putting the family home up for sale. Both father and son set out on their own paths to find a new normal as unexpected circumstances and potential new love interests threaten to thwart all plans.
The official synopsis reads:
Throughout, Martin’s simplistic, almost childlike drawings enhance the goings-on in Dean’s life. Some of them are quick gags that serve only to make us laugh — a picture of the letter A, for example, with the middle part labeled “actual A-hole.” Others poignantly illustrate Dean’s state of mind, like one of a tiny cartoon Dean grasping for dear life to the West Coast as a tiny plane attached to his leg tries to drag him back east. They’re the special spice that makes Dean feel a little more unique than your average “quarterlife crisis” dramedy, and at best they serve as gut-punching buttons to the scenes we’ve just seen. (At least, they’re still pretty damn funny.)
"Dean has something going for it – the comedian making his directorial debut and starring in that more-dramatic-than-usual role is the very talented and very funny Demetri Martin and the first trailer is here to sell you on the whole thing." (Slashfilm)
Check it out:
Dean will open in limited release on June 2, 2017.
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