From Harmony and Me (DFF32) to Infinity Baby (DFF40), among other titles, longtime fest guest Bob Byington has proven himself a master of hilarious cynicism. The disaffected, the hangdog, the deadpan—they all come together with an uncompromising intelligence that, just when you least expect it, allows for flashes of poignancy.
Narrated by frequent collaborator Nick Offerman, his latest comedy dives right in to its namesake’s unhappy marriage to Nick (played by fellow regular Keith Poulson), which Frances (Kaley Wheless) initially thought “was the best thing that had ever happened to her,” as Offerman intones. “Then, later, she thought it was the worst thing. Now, she’s pretty much, ‘What’s the difference?’”
Understanding the difference between good and bad, though, turns out to be critical for the substitute high-school teacher who finds herself briefly incarcerated—not to mention divorced—after a fling with a student. Life as a convicted sex offender in a small Nebraska town wouldn’t seem to hold much promise, especially now that Frances is granted only occasional supervised visits with her young daughter Parfait. But a sense of freedom and hope for the future is exactly what, bit by bit, she begins to gain as North Platte’s most infamous parolee.
Bob Byington will be in attendance
Producer: Zefrey Throwell | Editor: Kris Boustedt, Susan LaMarca | Cinematographer: Carmen Hilbert | Screenwriter: Kaley Wheless, Bob Byington, Scott King
Cast: Kaley Wheless, Nick Offerman, Martin Starr, Jennifer Prediger, Ella Dolan