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First, Last And Deposit

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A woman hoping to make a better life for her family is plunged into a brutal cycle of poverty in this independent drama. Single mother Christine (Sara Wilcox) and her 13-year-old daughter Tessa (Jessica White) have relocated to California from Arizona after Christine's boyfriend Roy (Jason Hallows) finds work in Santa Barbara. When Roy is fired soon after they arrive, he skips town, and Christine finds that she can't support Tessa and herself on her pay as a checkout clerk. Tessa is ashamed of the poverty they ...
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A woman hoping to make a better life for her family is plunged into a brutal cycle of poverty in this independent drama. Single mother Christine (Sara Wilcox) and her 13-year-old daughter Tessa (Jessica White) have relocated to California from Arizona after Christine's boyfriend Roy (Jason Hallows) finds work in Santa Barbara. When Roy is fired soon after they arrive, he skips town, and Christine finds that she can't support Tessa and herself on her pay as a checkout clerk. Tessa is ashamed of the poverty they now find themselves in, so she tells her classmates that she comes from a wealthy family and that Christine is her nanny. Christine falls behind on the rent, and soon she and Tessa are evicted from their apartment. They find themselves living in their car, which is then stolen by delinquents; when the police recover the auto, Christine can't afford to pay her tickets to get the car out of impound. Tessa runs away to strike out on her own, and Christine is reduced to taking a fleabag apartment in exchange for sex -- only to discover that the landlord has no intention of honoring his end of the agreement. First, Last and Deposit was shot by first-time director Peter Hyoguchi using a tiny digital video camera and a primarily non-professional cast.
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Special Features

Trailer; IFC interview with filmmakers Peter Hyoguchi and Duffy Hecht
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This raw-looking yet creatively polished debut effort from director Peter Hyoguchi delivers early on the democratic promise of digital video. Sort of a Dogma 95 take on Slums of Beverly Hills, but without the comic gloss or renowned actors, First, Last and Deposit showcases most of the new medium's strengths while overcoming many of its weaknesses. The first thing Hyoguchi does right is to find a plot, characters, and settings tailor-made for DV rather than capriciously shooting a more traditional feature on a trendy high-end camcorder, a la Chuck and Buck. A relatively familiar tale of a downward economic spiral, the film feels fresh because DV allows Hyoguchi to follow his characters fluidly into a variety of settings, from a high school girls' restroom and the interior of a seedy motel room to the parking lot of a grocery store and the characters' shabby automobile home-on-wheels. It's not that a traditional film director couldn't hit all of these places, it's just that they'd usually lack the immediacy of Hyoguchi's work -- the verite tinge of unvarnished reality. The story -- and these emotionally resonant, unmannered performances, most notably those of Sara Wilcox and Jessica White -- works best when viewed from a fly-on-the-wall perspective. The script does suffer a bit from its melodramatic plot and the clumsiness of its seemingly tacked-on conclusion. But the right-there quality of the camera work and the raw emotion of the mostly untrained cast helps restore the dramatic pull to even such hand-me-down Hollywood elements. First, Last and Deposit is hardly a cinematic milestone, but it is a gripping yarn, produced cheaply and proficiently, and with production values that seem as much an aesthetic choice as an economic one. Such films will only multiply as the DV movement finds its legs. And that's a good thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • UPC: 658769421033
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Vanguard Cinema
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica White Tessa
Don Margolin Ronald
Sara Wilcox Christine
Jason Hallows Roy
Glen Phillips Jordan
Alanna Learned
Technical Credits
Peter Hyoguchi Director, Screenwriter
Duffy Hecht Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Home Life [10:33]
2. Lots of Bills [11:57]
3. Zoe's Slumber Party [9:36]
4. Just Like Camping [12:16]
5. Tessa's Big Night [9:41]
6. Joy Ride [11:05]
7. Mom's Got a Plan [13:52]
8. Dropped Charges [11:26]
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Side #1 --
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Trailer
      IFC Interview With Filmmakers Peter Hyoguchi and Duffy Hecht
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