SOUTH­SIDE WITH YOU

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OUT 30 Septem­ber / CERT 12A / 84 mins direc­tor Richard Tanne cast Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Cal­loway

In A PIECE of cute lefty fan-fic­tion, Richard Tanne’s two-han­der imag­ines what may have oc­curred on the first date between Barack and michelle Obama (warmly played by Sawyers and Sumpter). Feel­ing sim­i­lar to Be­fore

Sun­rise, it has the same thrum of two peo­ple do­ing noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar but fall in love. The dif­fer­ence is that here the con­ver­sa­tion is not peer­ing in­wards but look­ing out to the whole world and a brighter future. If at times the di­a­logue sounds writ­ten rather than nat­u­rally spo­ken and some of the ex­po­si­tion is in­el­e­gantly shoved in, it of­fers mo­ments of in­sight into the world that pulled the pair to­wards govern­ment. not that that’s its main fo­cus. In­stead, it’s a sweet ro­mance first with in­jec­tions of pol­i­tics along the way.

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