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LONG WAY HOME

AKA RAISING VICTOR VARGAS

Director : PETER SOLLETT

Status: Completed

Synopsis
Short synopsis

Written & Directed by PETER SOLLETT

A sweltering summer on New York’s Lower East Side. 16-year-old Victor shares a cramped apartment with his pain in the ass family, and he’s going stir crazy. Then he meets Judy. She’s stunning, aloof, a beautiful mystery, and she’s looking for something. Something special, something real.

Long synopsis

New York’sLower East Side swelters in the heat of a long summer. 16-year-old Victor, his pain-in-the-ass sister Vicki and shy little brother Nino are going stir-crazy in their cramped tenement apartment, all under Grandma’swatchful eye. When Victor gets busted in Fat Donna’sbedroom by his best friend Harold, he’smortified. He really doesn™t want this getting out. Then, at the pool, he sees Judy with her friend Melonie. Cool, self-possessed, Judy’sa beautiful mystery – every guy in the neighbourhood’shitting on her. Victor thinks he’sin love.

He hears that she just ditched her boyfriend and fixes an introduction through her brother. But Judy’slooking for something more than a boyfriend.

Something she needs but can™t name. Something real, something special. She’snot going to compromise for anything less. “Long Way Home” is the first feature from award-winning director Peter Sollett. Gorgeously shot by Tim Orr, who received lavish praise for his work on David Gordon Green’smuch-garlanded “George Washington”,

Sollett’sextraordinary debut captures perfectly the frustrations and confusions, the contradictory tenderness and cruelty of adolescence. Each of his tenderly observed, perfectly played characters is struggling, both to escape and to belong. Sollett’sshort “Five Feet High and Rising” won the Cinéfondation prize at Cannes 2000 and has taken awards at numerous festivals world-wide, including Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance.