Apathetic seventeen-year-old Gus hangs around doing nothing with his buddy Bill most of the time. Gus likes to tell half-true stories about all the girls he’s slept with and all the drugs he’s done. Jessica is seventeen too. She doesn’t seem to have much in common with anyone anymore—not even her best friend Christie. Every year this one guy Brian throws a 4th of July party. The party’s never that great, but there’s free beer, so people always go. Gus and Jessica meet each other there. They watch fireworks outside and light sparklers. Gus says that he’s not the sort of guy she thinks he is. He tells her a secret he has never told anyone before. –Inbaseline
Aaron Katz was born in Portland, OR and studied film at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After graduating, he and two friends drove a ’63 Chevy Nova to Portland to make his first feature, Dance Party, USA. His second feature, Quiet City, premiered at SXSW 2007 and was nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. Currently Aaron lives in Pittsburgh. –SXSW
I don't really know what to make of this. Maybe the film is about honesty but really this wasn't profound or obvious enough. I didn't understand the ending but maybe the point was to leave the viewing scratching their head afterwards like I am now. Some interesting discussions between the characters but no definable plot or statement to make which could bring this above eaves-dropping in the street.
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