"Stay Until Tomorrow" trailer
2-minute trailer for the independent feature "Stay Until Tomorrow" (35MM, 92 minutes), starring Eleanor Hutchins, Barney Cheng & Alison Folland, and written & directed by Laura Colella
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["Stay Until Tomorrow" appears on screen, then the trailer begins with a woman's shadow visible against a door, as she fidgets waiting for the young male Asian American librarian (short brown hair, green shirt) who opens it]
["Hi." appears on screen, then cut back to the librarian as he smiles and steps aside to let the woman in]
[cut to the woman (hair in a ponytail, blue tanktop, orange baggy pants) and the librarian walking around his apartment, then she sits on the couch and leans forward (as if she's about to speak)]
["Can I crash here for a few days?" appears on screen, then cut to a shot of the ocean]
[cut to a shot of the woman in the bathtub, then cut to the librarian shelving books at work]
[cut to the woman walking up behind the librarian as he reads a book, then to another woman (blonde hair, black dress) watching them and smiling from behind the bookshelf]
[cut to the librarian and the other woman (his girlfriend) having dinner with Nina]
[cut to the librarian and his girlfriend half naked on the couch, when Nina walks in (and Carla ends up falling on the floor)]
[cut to more scenes from the movie, then "An evocative meta-film ... Eleanor Hutchins is alternately sexy, funny, and bemusing as Nina ... " appears on screen]
["Writer/Director Colella displays great fondness for things that delight the senses, including, but not limited to, food, wine, sex, music, and art - The Los Angeles Times" appears on screen]
"Stay Until Tomorrow" (2004)
Nina is a former teenage soap star who abandoned her acting career to go to college, and then dropped out of college to travel the world. In the several years since, she has remained attached to the lifestyle of a transcontinental drifter. Back home for a few weeks, she drops in unannounced on her childhood friend Jim, and asks if she can crash with him for a few days. Jim, a librarian, readily agrees despite having just begun an intense relationship with a young coworker. Nina's days at Jim's turn into weeks, as she hides out from a persistent ex-boyfriend, and tries to learn Italian at the library for her next job. With an initiation by the security guard, Nina also discovers the adventurous potential of the library rooftop. She thus encounters (and creates) many more distractions from her studies than anticipated, transforming Jim's workplace into a site of comic, literary, and sexual escapades. Jim is a strong-silent type, who brings to mind the phrase "still waters run deep". But he is also the Actor Playing Jim-the chatty, analytical, and dreamy opposite. Through this dual character, Stay Until Tomorrow becomes a comic and kaleidoscopic film-within-a-film. The Actor Playing Jim longs to salvage their film from art-house obscurity, but Stay Until Tomorrow is irredeemably uncooperative. Like its heroine Nina, the film celebrates beauty, unpredictability, absurdity, and the potential richness of experience.
Eleanor Hutchins ... Nina
Barney Cheng ... Jim
Alison Folland ... Carla
Reena Shah ... Sheila
Patrick Clarke ... Patrick
An actress tries to sort out her life while those around her are busy doing the same in this independent comedy drama. Nina (Eleanor Hutchins) enjoyed a few years of minor celebrity when she joined the cast of a popular soap opera while still a teenager, but seven years later, after devoting most of her time to traveling the world on a budget, she decides it's time to get back to work when her bank account is nearly empty and her fan club has been reduced to a single member. Stuck in Rhode Island and needing a place to stay, Nina moves in with Jim (Barney Cheng), a librarian who is having some problems with his girlfriend, Carla (Alison Folland). While Nina struggles to get both her career and her love life back in gear, her best friend, Sheila (Reena Shah), is having problems of her own with her boyfriend, a flighty Frenchman (Pierre Mignard).
After traveling the world, former teen star Nina (Eleanor Hutchins) decides to end her vagabond lifestyle and crash with childhood friend Jim (Barney Cheng). At first, Nina turns Jim's world upside down, but as time goes on, the quiet librarian reveals a provocative alter ego.
Laura Colella's dramedy turns into a film within a film as the actor-character barrier dissolves and one cast member attempts to turn the tides by changing the story line.
The filmic equivalent of an uneven collection of short stories and poems, "Stay Until Tomorrow" is a grab-bag of impressions woven around the loosely confederated adventures of a flaky young perpetual traveler who alights for a spell in Providence, R.I. Second feature from scripter-helmer Laura Colella ("Tax Day," 1998) has pockets of low-key bravado, but wears its stitched-together openendedness like a badge of honor. A convincing central perf and a handsome multicultural cast can't completely overcome the diffuse, work-in-progress feel.
Under-30 viewers may respond favorably to the casual drop-in, drop-out structure and peppy but episodic observations, but those for whom "whatever ... " is always followed by a complete sentence will conclude that too many promising ideas reach premature dead ends.
There hasn't been much structure in the life of Nina (Eleanor Hutchins) since her two-year stint in the cast of a popular soap opera as a teen. Her official fan club is down to one member, and Nina has been globetrotting with casual enthusiasm on a modest budget for years. She's seemingly allergic to sustained attachments, and her collected thoughts emerge as voiceovers from a mental scrapbook.
Amusing riffs include musings on the spoiled only-children of China, the treasures to be found on library shelves and the wisdom of the elderly.
After a 7-year hiatus, Nina, in need of temporary digs on U.S. soil, imposes on mild-mannered librarian Jim (Barney Cheng, who played Woody Allen's interpreter in "Hollywood Ending"), slightly cramping his relationship with girlfriend Carla (Alison Folland). In self-referential digressions, Cheng is called upon to play a Chinese-American actor who reflects on playing the character Jim in a film - this one - being directed by a fictional woman director.
Nina's physical encounters with Russian hunk Andrei (Yarolslav Mogutin) and precocious Latino high schooler Tonio (Eddie Bernard), as well as a tacked-on tale of the sad decline of Nina's dear friend Sheila (Reena Shah) in the company of an impetuous French lad (Pierre Mignard), are played more or less straight.
Hutchins carries the day as the ditzy Nina, but overall result - which benefited from a development stint at the Sundance directing workshop - is too scattershot in its present form.
Nina is a former teen star who quit acting to go to college, then left college to travel the world, and became attached to the lifestyle of an international drifter. Several years later, she drops in on her childhood friend Jim, and asks to crash for a few days – which turn into a few adventurous weeks. Jim is a reserved librarian whose workplace becomes a site for Nina's comic, literary and sexual escapades. As her visit extends, we discover there's more to Jim than meets the eye.