Fairhaven

Fairhaven

Directed by: Tom O’Brien
80 minutes

New England Premiere


2012 Audience Award Winner

FAIRHAVEN covers one week in the lives of three friends from Fairhaven, MA. Sam is divorced, trying to be a good dad, and apparently still in love with his ex-wife. Dave left town years ago and hasn’t been back since. Jon just feels like there has to be something more to life.

When Dave does return for his estranged father’s funeral, will the three old friends be able to pick up where they left off? As they revive the loyalties and bonds of their youth, can they avoid reigniting unresolved conflicts at the same time?

While talking to a woman he likes, Jon tries to explain an idea he can’t get over: the thought that we can’t really get what we want in life, but that there’s beauty in that fact. She doesn’t get it, but—fortunately for us—the film itself does: the recognition that one does not have to move beyond the ordinary to find beauty and meaning is evident both in the understated visual composition and the unforced approach to exposition.

Featuring Chris Messina (Damages), Rich Sommer (Mad Men), and Sarah Paulson (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), FAIRHAVEN is a story about small-city New England life that neither treats local folks like exotics nor condescends to them. Ultimately, this drama wisely recognizes that not every question has to be answered.

—Kyle Parrish