Review by James Lindorf
The Texture of Falling is the feature film debut of writer, director and cinematographer Maria Allred who has about a dozen more credits on top of the critical three. Set in the vibrant arts and club scenes of Portland; four strangers come together in the search of love. Aspiring filmmaker Louisa (Julie Webb) and married father and pianist Luke (Patrick D. Green; Grimm) successful architect Michael (Benjamin Farmer; Grimm, Blacklist) and impulsive artist and painter Sylvia (Maria Allred) see how far love and lust will push them. You can find out what lengths they will go starting June 1st at home through VOD and in select cities starting the same day.
Allred is obviously very talented, but I think her drive, or perhaps the budget, stretched her too far during the making of this movie. She has so many roles to balance that I think the writing fell by the wayside. The dialog is stilted and unnatural at times, and when combined with a run time of just 75 minutes the characters lack crucial development. I struggled to understand who was with who and what they wanted which just left me frustrated before the climax. The final 10 minutes do an excellent job of tying things together and helping events make a little more sense. I think Allred’s future lies in directing or cinematography because there are some artistic and beautiful shots throughout the movie.
Either Allred did a terrific job as the director or Julie Webb is someone who deserves a chance for a big break, if that’s what she wants. Webb put in by far the best performance in the movie; her character Louise had the most screen time, the most passion and the most development. She was the only one whose motivations I understood, and Webb was able to provide her with all of the proper and believable emotions. I hope to see her work again.
There is a lot to like here, but in the end, I think you will get more intrigue and a more compelling story from one of the better episodes of Red Shoe Diaries. Beyond Allred’s work as the director and cinematographer, the titillation, and Webb’s performance there isn’t anything here left to recommend.