Interview With Patrick Brice
and Director of “The Overnight”
Texas, June 26, 2015
Ronald P. Salfen, faithinfilms.com
First I want to tell you how much I appreciated your comic
timing. At the beginning,
just when things were starting to get too weird with Alex and Emily,
their little boy bursts into the room.
And then at the end, with Alex and Emily and Kurt and Charlotte,
just as things start getting too weird, both little boys burst into the
room, and the audience is laughing nervously, and suddenly the mood
changes very quickly.
Thanks, I appreciate your saying that, because those bookend
scenes were designed to provide comic relief, and to remind us that
that's how life is: we get
ready to take ourselves too seriously, and something happens to just
change direction entirely. Hopefully
those were moments that the audience could really enjoy together.
As you know, I'm a faith-based writer, and so morality is always
tied to religion, which is tied to scripture.
I'm just curious, in a non-faith-based situation, what is the
morality tied to?
Well, first, I'm not a religious person, but I am a spiritual
one. I think we base our
moral decisions on what we think is right, keeping in mind that we do to
others what we want done to us.
I also noticed that Alex and Emily, at least, had a strong
conviction about a monogamous marriage.
Yes, and that's a strong value for Kurt and Charlotte, as well,
particularly as we see at the end that they are seeking therapy as a
couple. But their firm
commitment to their marriage didn't mean that they lost all interest in
You know, my wife and I had a similar experience to Alex and
Emily, also in California. We
were visiting some friends, and they invited us to their hot tub, and
when we objected that we didn't bring suits, they said those weren't
necessary! But we were just
not prepared to take that plunge! I
think that the scenario you present in the movie provides some points of
contact for people who suddenly find themselves in situations they
Yes, and that was exactly the point of Alex and Emily
encountering this: it tested
not just their individual values, but stretched the boundaries for them
as a couple, as well. I've
always been interested in pushing that envelope just a little bit, and
seeing just how far those boundaries can go.
It seems to me that there's something potentially therapeutic
here. The basic premise
seems to be “Everyone is a little messed up sexually, because nobody's
experience is perfect.” So
somebody with a set of hangups that are even different from the ones in
the movie can think to themselves, “Wow, maybe I'm not so weird after
Yes, that's definitely the intended response.
And then maybe that could open up a conversation, a dialogue,
that wouldn't have taken place before.
Almost like seeing a therapist, only cheaper!
And a good therapist would be helping them explore who they are
as persons, and gain validation for that.
I think there was a strong breakthrough moment with Alex, when he
was able to get past a very difficult obstacle for him, and whether the
method was perfect or not, the breakthrough experience was long-lasting
You've got humor and depth, and you're not afraid of pushing the
envelope in examining relationships.
I hope you get to do some more work; I think you have something
Thanks, I really appreciate that.
It's nice to meet you.
Likewise. And I'd
really like to read your review!