It took over a decade for director Eric Mendelsohn to follow up his 1999 debut, Judy Berlin
, but his sophomore effort, 3 Backyards
, plays like it could have come out in 2000 or even in 1990, when Sundance was loaded with intimate human dramas shot in actual locations not often used by Hollywood.
The director returns to Long Island to tell a triptych of tales that transpire over a few hours in a sleepy, seemingly idyllic Long Island suburb. John (Elias Koteas) is having unspecified marriage problems. After a business trip is unexpectedly delayed, he uses that time to just wander around, but keeps bumping into an immigrant woman trying to get a ...