Margarita Happy Hour (2001)
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Sex, the city and the single mother.
|Five disreputable women meet in the late-afternoon hours to throw back half-price drink specials and bitch uninhibitedly about life, libidos and lactation. Among this group is zelda, an artist and unwed mother, who must choose between her responsibiltites as a parent and the dreams of her youth.|
"Smart, funny...refreshingly honest and well-acted. John Anderson, Newsday
"One tough little movie...sharp and uncliched. Washington City Paper
"...a small, poignant gem. Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide Online
Editor's NoteZelda (Eleanor Hutchins) was queen of the artsy downtown scene in Brooklyn--until she decided to have a baby. What happens to the punk princess who becomes a single mom? It's not an easy transition. Her boyfriend, Max (played by indie director Larry Fessenden), who thinks he's the next Jack Kerouac and has a taste for womanizing, alcohol, and violence, is little help. To make matters worse, her friends gravitate toward cocaine and very loud music. Zelda tries in vain to sing her baby to sleep as the walls of her communal Brooklyn loft vibrate to the beat of the party. She finds some respite in her weekly meetings with a group of other "floozy" moms, who bring their toddlers to the margarita happy hour at a local bar. There, the women trade stories and support each other through their difficult journey of young motherhood. Zelda is able to scrape by, picking up some cash as a freelance illustrator for a porn magazine. But after her rock-chick junkie pal, Natali (Holly Ramos), comes back into her life, Zelda starts to wonder whether perhaps it's time for the party to end. Director Ilya Chaiken was herself a single mother living in New York while making this film, and her experiences surely have helped give the characters and story the ring of truth. The film's quintet of single women (reminiscent of the characters on SEX AND THE CITY) are not very glamorous--they are earthy and raw, dealing with the hard realities of trying to mix motherhood with their alternative lifestyles. In their own ways, they succeed.
Cast & Crew
|Kristin Di Spaltro|
|Ilya Chaiken - Director|
|Gordon Chou - Director of Photography|
|Ilya Chaiken - Editor|
|Meg Reticker - Editor|
|Max Lichtenstein - Musical Score|
|Michael Ellenbogen - Producer|
|Susan Leber - Producer|
|Bridget Evans - Production Designer|
|Ilya Chaiken - Writer|