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Immigration Drama ‘Movement and Location’ Is Much More Rich and Specific Than Its Title Suggests

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Movement and Location is an original and intelligent immigrant drama with a title so academic (and uncommercial) that you might want to give the filmmakers a firm talking-to.

That would be the gifted duo of first-time director Alexis Boling and his wife, Bodine, who wrote the script and stars as Kim, who works for a homeless outreach program. Kim is ordinary except for the fact that she immigrated to New York from 400 years in Earth’s future. The quiet life Kim has made for herself in contemporary Brooklyn is completely upended when she takes in Rachel (Catherine Missal), a fifteen-year-old girl who’s from the same distant future.

Despite its sci-fi hook, Movement and Location turns out to be a surprisingly resonant film about how impossible it is for most people — no matter their cosmic time zone — to carve out a life that’s emotionally honest. To protect Rachel, Kim begins dating a suspicious beat cop (Brendan Griffin), but their affair, which has a palpable carnality, awakens her to new possibilities.

When yet another person from Kim’s future/past appears, the film’s believability factor creaks and groans, but the paralyzing complications that ensue feel completely familiar. You don’t have to be from the future to have the past come out of nowhere to screw up the present.

Movement and Location

Directed by Alexis Boling

Distributed by Harmonium Films and Music

Opens September 18, Cinema Village