Moment of Clarity
Sam (Zach Avery) is an American in Paris, but it’s not as exotic
as it sounds. He’s actually
living under the radar, and has been for three years.
He works a couple of low-end jobs, delivering on his bicycle and
cleaning up a bar/restaurant. The
owner, Gilles (Brian Cox) fusses at Sam about not doing anything with his
life. “Go find a girl,” he
says. “Go, do something
adventurous,” he says. “Go
someplace warm, like Bali,” he says.
But Sam is stuck, not just physically, but emotionally.
He’s pining away after a girl whom he hasn’t seen in three
years. He keeps remembering
them in the bathtub together, talking about how they’ll love each other
until the end of time. And
then he wakes up. We viewers
only get hold of this story in bits and pieces, but there’s something
about a fire, and an explosion, and a gunshot, and we’re not sure what
happened, or how much Sam might be in trouble for it.
But trouble finds Sam, anyway.
He’s hiding in the dark of a movie theater (remember those?), and
on the screen he sees someone who he swears is the girl he thought was
dead. The one that he’s
still obsessed with. He tells
Gilles that he can’t help himself, he has to go to L.A., right now.
But when Sam arrives, he gets two surprises.
The first is that he runs into an old friend, or actually, the
younger sister of an old friend whom he used to play video games with as a
kid. He doesn’t even
recognize Kat (Carly Chaikin) any more.
But she recognizes him, immediately.
She’s also intrigued by his breathless tale about trying to find
that actress, whom he’s convinced is his beloved Georgia (Samara
Weaving) from three years ago. But
the second surprise is that when he does finally meet the actress, she
tells him she’s never seen him before, and to quit pestering her or
she’ll call the cops.
You would think that would be the end of it, particularly since Kat
seems perfectly willing to step into the vacuum of Sam’s emotional
emptiness. But nothing is
quite as it seems. By the time
we’re through, we’ve met some shadowy members of some Eastern European
mob, with thick accents and quick trigger fingers.
We’ve found out that Sam was not quite as crazy as everyone else
thought he was, and more resourceful than you would expect out of a
bicycle delivery/mop bucket guy. And
the fickle allegiances of women, well, some of us never could figure that
“Last Moment of Clarity” just might achieve what it promises in
its title, but you have to pay very close attention at the end.
Like the characters themselves, you might miss something that’s
been right in front of you all along.