Release Date: August 07, 2009
Starring: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Trevor
Morgan, Ray Liotta, Samantha
Mathis, Ron Perlman, Diana
Scarwid, and Charles Durning
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Monterey Media
Director: George Gallo
Executive Producer: None
Producer: James W. Evangelatos, David
Permut, Mark Sennet, and Julie
Writer: George Gallo
Address Comments To:Monterey Media
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (800) 424-2593
Fax: (805) 496-6061
The story opens in 1974 with John (played by Trevor Morgan), a young, aspiring painter with little opportunity for art education having to seek out his own means of learning and study. Upon discovering that famous Russian painter Nicoli Serrof (played by Armin Mueller-Stahl) lives nearby, John initiates a tenuous friendship with him.
Against the wishes of his violent and severely anti-homosexual father, John travels with Nicoli to his summer home in Pennsylvania in hopes to further his painting skills, only to discover that the cantankerous old man, suffering from self-guilt, bitterness, and deep sadness has lost his passion for painting and no longer finds any meaning or purpose in it. Rather than teach John the secrets to becoming a master painter, Nicoli puts him to working fixing up the house in an effort to dissuade John from his dream.
Through the challenges, John’s determination and enthusiasm for painting eventually helps Nicoli rediscover his artistic passion and move past the bitterness in his heart.
LOCAL COLOR contains some commendable elements in regards to the light Christian worldview that the character of Nicoli seems to espouse when he speaks of making peace with mortality and bowing to a higher power, although in the end his healing is devoid of God. Other positive elements include the passionate and hard-working character qualities of John and the friendship that forms between he and Nicoli.
Sadly, there are many production elements lacking in the movie. For example, the dialogue concerning painting is difficult to follow, especially for someone unfamiliar with it. Although Armin Mueller-Stahl does an excellent job portraying the character of Nicoli, the rest of the acting seems stilted and one-dimensional, making the characters difficult to relate to by the viewer. This is also due in part to the plodding, mediocre script that doesn’t allow for much genuine character development. The filmmakers seem like they are trying too hard to be original, and have ended up with a movie that is a bit over the top, almost cheesy, so to speak.
Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution due to the movie’s excessive foul language, alcoholism, Romantic worldview, and its stereotype of an anti-homosexual character.
LOCAL COLOR contains some commendable elements with a light Christian worldview and pro-Americanism that the Nicoli character seems to espouse. Nicoli speaks of making peace with mortality and bowing to a higher power, but in the end his healing is devoid of God. Sadly, the movie lacks many production values. For example, the dialogue concerning painting is hard to follow, especially for someone unfamiliar with it. Although Armin Mueller-Stahl does an excellent job portraying Nicoli, the rest of the acting seems stilted and one-dimensional. This makes it hard for viewers to relate to the characters. Overall, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution due to the movie’s excessive foul language, alcoholism, strong Romantic worldview, and its stereotype of an anti-homosexual character.