Martine, a 23-year-old artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to stay in the pool house of a family living in the hip and hilly community of Silver Lake. Peter, the father, has agreed to help Martine complete sound design on her art film as a favor to his wife. Martine innocently enters the seemingly idyllic life of this open-minded family with two kids and a relaxed Southern California vibe. Like a bolt of lightning, her arrival sparks a surge of energy that awakens suppressed impulses in everyone and forces them to confront their own fears and desires.
Exquisitely orchestrated by Ry Russo-Young (You Wont Miss Me screened at the 2009 Festival) and cowritten by Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), this potent charting of inner urges and sufferings links characters together in an intricate dance of lust, denial, and deception. Despite their issues, each comes across as fundamentally human, urging viewers to appraise the characters’ morality by evaluating their own motives. Sexually charged and rigorously composed, Nobody Walks boasts an impressive cast who deliver incisive performances in this absorbing tale. –Sundance Film Festival
Ry Russo‐Young was profiled on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in the article “Growing Up with Mom and Mom.” Her first short film, Marion, screened in 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered the Jury Award for best experimental film at SXSW the same year. Orphans, Russo-Young’s first feature film, premiered in 2007 at SXSW, where it received a Special Jury Prize. Her second feature, You Wont Miss Me, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, received a Gotham Award, and was released theatrically. –Sundance