03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Woodstock Film Fest -- Easier With Practice

Stewart's 5th Blog from Woodstock Film Festival

Davey and Nicole have a great relationship. They communicate extremely well. They are gentle and considerate. They feel secure and safe together. And they have fantastic sex.

This is extraordinary in an era when selfishness is considered quintessential American and our popular culture, too often, functions as a crude cheerleader for personal egotism and conceit. Yes, Nicole and Davy have something truly beautiful, and rare.

There is, however, a problem. And not a small problem.

Easier With Practice , the feature film directorial debut of twenty-six years old Kyle Patrick Alvarez, features strong performances from Brian Geraghty and Kel O'Neill as two brothers on the far ends of the personality spectrum. Marguerite Moreau, Jeanette Brox, Jenna Gavigan, and Kathryn Asleton present punchy and subtle contributions.

Davy Mitchell and brother Sean have been on the road for two months, promoting Davy's destined not-to-be-a-best-seller collection of short stories. Although the trip began with the high hopes of a Jack Kerouac adventure, reality has degenerated into petty squabbling and uncomfortable friction. Whereas Davy is bookish and socially dysfunctional, Sean prefers getting laid and not straining his brain. A hopeless combination.

One boring evening in a long string of hotel room boring evenings -- Sean is of course out at a bar trying to get screwed -- Davy receives a random phone call from a mysterious woman with a silky, sexy voice. Soon they're engaging in phone sex. Soon Davy and Nicole have one steamy, highly satisfying affair -- via the telephone!

A few months pass and Davy is increasingly impatient to meet the mysterious, sexy voice. They arrange to meet. Nicole stalls. Finally it happens!

Here I must stop, revealing more would reveal too much of the film. But the questions don't stop. Can an old fashion in-the-flesh relationship match their post-modern technological based relationship? Will something weird and huge explode? Will truth burst illusion? That is, will Davy and Nicole continue their beautiful relationship?

This is a fun film, well done, entertaining with a great twist and an ending with a beautiful message. See it!

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