“I think it’s beautiful. It’s such an
intuitive, lovely thing and I love your voice as a writer. I just really want
to see it.”Matt Zoller SeitzEditor-in-Chief, RogerEbert.com
Growing up is something we must all do, as much as we may try to
avoid it. Eventually we begin to see life, and the people we love, more as they
actually are. In FOR ESME, WITH APOLOGIES FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD, Denise
Prince presents a physical comedy about growing up, losing innocence, and facing reality without losing hold of the splendor of life. With playful and sophisticated visual styling, FOR ESME is the story of 12-year-old Esme, her hapless parents, and
her Granny Go-Go, Elsa, whose grasp on the world is slipping.
The film is layered with elements from Peter Pan, The Wizard of
Oz, and other classic children’s literature. Prince's reminder is that not one of us is cut out for the adult
world — that it takes great courage, and an appreciation for the absurd,
to allow the fantasies of childhood to get left behind.
“Denise, I have to tell you that my little family
knows my part by heart and it makes them laugh – they love it! They can’t wait
to see the whole movie. Nico can really do my accent. I love you dearly.” Elsa
After an invigorating morning making
pom poms followed by luncheon, Pippa considers whether the forces of antagonism
in act two are well developed.
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At left, work in progress, feature film For Esme, With Apologies for What Lies Ahead