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(Timothy J. Cox, Jeff Moffitt and Kirsty Meares star in Antonio Padovan’s Socks and Cakes.
Socks and Cakes (2010): Written and Directed by Antonio Padovan.
Produced by Kimistra Films.
Starring: Timothy J. Cox (Harry), Kirsty Meares (Amanda), Jeff Moffitt (Richard), Ben Prayz (David), Alex Vincent (Sophie)
*** out of 4
Ensemble dramas that deal with the ups and downs of relationships have been a staple in literature for ages. On the film side of things, some of Woody Allen’s best films, such as 1992’s Husbands and Wivescomes to mind as I now type this review for the 2010 short dramedy Socks and Cakes, an impressive 15 minute short, written and directed by Antonio Padovan.
Padovan’s film takes place at a dinner party in New York’s Greenwich Village, borrowing a lot from Woody’s canon, to tell the tale of 5 people at different stages of their lives. Some are doing better than others or at least they’re faking it better than others. One who is not faking it and is openly having a rough patch is embittered French lit professor, Harry, played with believable feeling and honesty by the excellent Timothy J. Cox. Harry is the first to arrive at a party hosted by his ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), who is now married to his best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt), who we find out is a bit of a cad. The other guests on their way to the party include pretentious real estate guru David (Ben Prayz), who Harry detests (It is revealed that David and Amanda had a ”thing” at one time) and David’s young, vivacious French girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent) who really stirs something in Richard. Frank discussions and revelations about life, loves lost, gained and lost again follow.
(Jeff Moffitt and Alex Vincent)
Socks and Cakes should stir something in all of us. Antonio Padovan’s film is an honest slice of life, even at 15 minutes, as it manages to show us characters that we can love, hate, sympatheize and ultimately, relate to. Padovan has assembled an excellent cast, led by the aforementioned Cox, a veteran of numerous films. Alessandro Penazzi’s cinematography is knockout, wonderfully capturing the mood of the whole affair.
The film has received numerous rave reviews and honors since its online release in 2010, including a Golden Ace Award at the 2011 Las Vegas International Film Festival.
For information on the film, please visit the films’ page on IMDB.
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