Narrative – USA
Sunday, Nov. 19, 7:30 PM at the Roxy Theatre
Sponsored by Dahlia and Rafi Beck
Being different isn’t a hindrance to also being just like everyone else in Keep the Change — a lesson that David (Brandon Polansky), a grown man with autism, finds difficult to accept throughout the course of this empathetic romantic comedy. Charting David’s budding romance with Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), writer-director Rachel Israel’s film embraces its characters’ uniqueness while using a standard-issue genre template to underscore that, beyond their issues, they’re a familiar pair.
Winner of the best narrative feature and best new narrative director prizes at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it’s an ode to self-discovery and acceptance that’s as funny as it is sweet.
The narrative conventionality in Keep the Change is itself a subtle political statement about autism. Yet this crowd-pleaser is anything but a polemic; rather, like the bond shared by David and Sarah, it’s at once totally normal and perfectly weird.
Tribeca Film Festival winner – Best Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Director
Directed by Rachel Israel