SF IndieFest 2014
By Dirk Sonniksen | February 2, 2014
Director: Drew Tobia
Writer: Drew Tobia
Starring: Eleanore Pienta, Dana Eskelson, Molly Plunk, Keisha Zollar
Mona (Eleanore Pienta) is pregnant, works as a checkout clerk at a grocery store, and lives in a rathole apartment. Mona visits her mother May (Dana Eskelson) on occasion, but it’s a very tumultuous relationship—one minute it’s great, the next it’s shit. Mona tries to reconcile with her sister, Jordan (Molly Plunk), but that proves problematic as well. Jordan’s girlfriend, Sylve (Keisha Zollar) is a bit more understanding with Mona’s plight, but overall, Mona is alone. With a baby on the way and her life in shambles, Mona frantically searches for something even remotely resembling happiness.
If you’re looking for dysfunctional families in film, look no further than See You Next Tuesday. It’s a film that forces audiences to see what family life is for many. It’s not the American dream being pushed on TV, because there never was an American dream. It’s the reality of families broken apart for whatever reason, and said families attempting to patch things up and accepting the baggage of all those involved. Mona is obviously terrified of her pregnancy, and looks to others for guidance, but also pushes everyone away with the anger she harbors toward mom, sister, and society as a whole.
See You Next Tuesday presents a very real picture of how life’s individual burdens clash with those we love, with every argument distancing us further, our psyche refusing or unable to take on more than our own pain. Rather than strengthening the family and putting the process of healing into action, we drink ourselves into a stupor, and when that doesn’t work, we seek out anonymous meetings with strangers to solve our problems.
With all the drama, See You Next Tuesday does manage to keep you laughing. Mona is a train wreck and she has every right to be, but individuals on the edge of insanity often provide some of the best comedic moments, and Mona certainly fits the bill. From her interactions with her mother and sister, to heated moments with Mona’s fellow grocery checkers, and her tirade at parties, Mona is a gem. Eleanore Pienta is so convincing as Mona, you really do want to know who the hell stole her donkey unicorn—and you’ll do whatever it takes to get it back!
See You Next Tuesday is a tale of what really happens to some folks when they’re pregnant, broke, and saddled with a family that is completely fucked up. How does one rebound from such an existence? How do you begin the healing process? Why would you want to? Why wouldn’t you want to? See You Next Tuesday demonstrates that while we all have problems, we’ll never get anywhere unless we give each other a little love and understanding.