Redwoods

Life partners Everett (Brendan Bradley) and Miles (Tad Coughenour) co-exist in order to raise their autistic son. Unfortunately, all passion seems to have dissipated from their relationship, and they seem to only speak in terms of chores and other responsibilities. However, it seems unlikely that they will break up.

When Miles and their son leave town for the week, a new complication arrives. The handsome writer Chase (Matthew Montgomery) pulls up, looking for the bed and breakfast that Everett’s aunt runs.

Writer/director David Lewis previously made the quiet but touching film Rock Haven. That film also built itself around character development and a beautiful landscape. Lewis goes further in that direction here, with better production and a constant interaction between characters and settings. He could not have picked a better setting: the ancient redwoods of California’s Russian River.


As the movie’s title suggests, the redwoods play an important role throughout the film. Chase’s current book project helps solidify that role. Besides two handsome and talented leading men, Lewis interjects breath-taking scenery into the story.

Everett’s aunt, brother, and parents all give insight into his personality and why he stays with Miles. However, they also help reveal why he easily falls in love with Chase.

This romantic movie takes unexpected turns, and reveals flaws in all of its characters. The actors make those flaws understandable and forgivable. As for the movie-making, Redwoods makes me want to see more from David Lewis, and it definitely warrants repeat viewing.

Redwoods


Duane Simolke wrote Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure and The Acorn Stories.