Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 19th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2005
Director: Gorman Bechard
Writers: Gorman Bechard, Jessica Bohl
Cast: Jessica Bohl, Richard Brundage, Keith Herron, Eric Deskin, Bruce Koken, Amy Brienes, James Ellsworth, Gail Herendeen, Tate Ellington, Chester Jones III, John Watson, Michael Gilio, Frank Loftus, Christopher Jon Gombos, Albert Burton
DVD released: February 27th, 2007
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: New Light Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
You Are Alone was written and directed by Gorman Bechard, whose other notable films include Disconnected and Psychos in Love. The plot for You Are Alone revolves around two characters a high school call girl named Daphne and her neighbor Buddy. Both characters live isolated lives in which their loneliness consumes them. Daphne agrees to meet Buddy for a sexual encounter after he finds out about her secret.
One of the more interesting aspects of this story is how Buddy is not like Daphne’s other clients. He is more interested in talking and understanding her motivations for being a call girl. The evolution of the film’s two main characters (Daphne and Buddy), hints at what is to become of them after the rendezvous in a motel room. Also some of their back-story is revealed via flashbacks that occur throughout the film. Without giving away to much about the film’s conclusion, let’s just say that it is haunting coda to this melancholy tale.
For a film that is almost completely contained to one main location there is never a moment that lags or feels unnecessary. Every precious word that is spoken and every moment silence in the film further drive’s home the film’s central theme of loneliness. The film’s spontaneous dialog (some of which was improvised), adds a level of realism that many similar film’s are often lacking. Visually the film has a voyeuristic quality to it that at times makes you feel uncomfortable like you are intruding on an intimate moment. The film’s two leads Richard Brundage in the role of Buddy and Jessica Bohl in the role of Daphne, both give chilling performances that are utterly believable.
You Are Alone is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. Colors, flesh tones and black levels all fare well. Details look sharp throughout.
This release comes with one audio option a Dolby Digital stereo in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced.
Extras for this release include the short trailer (1 minute 7 seconds), the long trailer (3 minute 4 seconds), a music video for the song “Cars & History” (5 minutes 1 second) and thirteen minutes of deleted scenes which also comes with an optional audio commentary track with director Gorman Bechard. The main extra included with this release is a feature length audio commentary with Gorman Bechard. This is another extraordinary audio commentary with Gorman Bechard who discusses casting choices, creative control, behind the scenes stories and so much more. Also included with this release are DVD-Rom extras which include cast & crew bios, the original shooting script and a short film titled “Pretty Girl”. Overall You Are Alone gets a solid DVD release that is highlighted by the audio commentary track with Gorman Bechard, highly recommended.